What do astronauts listen to in space? Spotify has the answer

16 Nov 2015

ESA astronaut listens to music aboard the ISS. Image via ESA/NASA

If you’ve ever wondered what type of music ESA astronauts listen to as they orbit the Earth, the European Space Agency (ESA) has offered us a look into the Spotify playlist of astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti.

For those who may have seen the recent Matt Damon film The Martian, Commander Melissa Lewis was a keen music listener, which left the stranded Mark Watney with nothing else to listen to but cheesy ’70s disco music.

While some might think that sounds like possibly the worst way to go out, real astronauts have much more eclectic tastes, it appears.

On the music streaming service Spotify, the ESA has tapped into people’s fascination with astronauts’ lives by creating sets of playlists for its astronauts based off the music astronauts listened to during their missions.

Easily the best of the bunch is Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, who set the record for the longest spaceflight by a woman by orbiting Earth for 199 days and 16 hours onboard the International Space Station (ISS) .

While there’s not that much disco in Cristoforetti’s playlist of 100 songs, it does range from the classical music, to Billy Joel and even Pink.

If you look a bit closer at the list, you’ll notice most of them have a particularly space theme, like The Police’s Walking on the Moon and David Bowie’s Starman.

So while the sound of space is absolute nothingness, the ISS might be the best disco in space.

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic