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ISS skipper plays ‘sho’ in space

Kyodo

A group of students played ancient Japanese court music with the captain of the International Space Station early Saturday morning as part of a NASA school education program.

Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, 50, played a reed instrument known as the “sho” with around 10 Earth-bound students from Tenri University, who gave the instrument to him for the joint “gagaku” performance.

A hall at the university in Tenri, Nara Prefecture, was linked to the ISS via NASA for the concert. The students tuned their instruments with Wakata before playing the well-known gagaku melody “Etenraku.”