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Old 31-12-2008, 03:47 AM   #1
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Default The Challenger Disaster and the Jean Michel Jarre Connection

I was really looking forward to the live saxophone performance by Ron McNair of 'Last Rendez-vous' (McNair/Jarre).

It was due to be the first piece of music ever played live in space but alas, it never came to be.


Ironically, it's also a very sad and haunting track - and it reminds me of the disaster every time I hear it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rendez-Vous

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The last track on the album was supposed to have the saxophone part played in outer space by astronaut Ron McNair, but on January 28, 1986 he and the entire Space Shuttle Challenger crew were killed 73 seconds after lift-off when the shuttle exploded. In memory, this piece was dedicated to him.
Also known as 'Ron's Piece'.

Ron's Piece (Jarre's Tribute at Houston Concert):




http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronald_McNair

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A bit of Challenger trivia I was not aware of. That sax solo would have been very, very cool. Thanks for the links.
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Stickied. Forever.
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Rest in Peace, Challenger and the crew.
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The old term "Music of the Spheres" comes to mind.
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Old 15-11-2011, 04:02 PM   #6
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A fitting tribute! Godspeed to the crew of Challenger!

Cheers,

John
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