Gift with sax appeal wows French astronaut
CAPE CANAVERAL, FLA. — This is one cosmically cool sax and saxophone player. —
France’s musical astronaut Thomas Pesquet is enjoying a special birthday present delivered to him up at the International Space Station. The saxophone arrived in a SpaceX cargo ship Feb. 23, and his crewmates kept it hidden until his 39th birth- day on Feb. 27.
He revealed the birthday surprise this week via Twitter.
“Totally pumped to hear @Thom_astro rock his sax on orbit! Happy belated birth- day buddy!” future space station crewmate Jack Fischer tweeted Monday. The NASA astronaut is scheduled to blast off next month from Kazakhstan.
“You might reconsider when you hear the cacoph- ony. Now ace those final exams and get up here!” Pesquet replied Tuesday.
Pesquet has been in orbit since November and has three months remaining in his mission. He’s a former pilot for Air France.
This isn’t the first time a sax has flown in space. Shuttle astronaut Ronald McNair took one up in 1984, two years before he died aboard the Challenger.