Jingle Bells in space: the historic recording

Patrick sez, "Last year Boing Boing had a post about the first song ever played in outer space. On December 16 1965, the Gemini 6 crew played Jingle Bells while in Earth's orbit. I really wanted to hear that song, but there was no audio file to be found online. So I tracked it down. I have posted the recording of this historic event on YouTube."

The Song from Outer Space (Thanks, Patrick!)


  1. Is it sad that I more than half expected to see a “video removed due to copyright claim” when I clicked this?

    Who cares, though! This little clip fills me with more holiday cheer than all the radio stations playing 24/7 Christmas music combined.

    1. Glad you liked it!

      My head pretty much exploded when I finally found it on the NASA archive. 

      I knew I just had to share it.

  2. Patrick here –

    FYI, I do actually have “first song performed by humans” on my FB page and the info section of the YouTube page.

    Although I personally would classify what Sputnik emitted as a signal, rather than a song, but I ain’t gonna start a fight at Christmastime.   :-)

    For the record, I had a great experience doing this, and would love to see some crowdsourcing effort develop to pull more treasures from the NASA archives.  There is a lot more cool stuff to be found.

  3. Oh yah. Favourite anime of mine, Twin Spica, makes a big deal about that harmonica – the first musical instrument to leave earth. Little 5-hole harmonica one of the astronauts smuggled in around his neck –

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