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Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques' music playlist aboard the Soyuz

– Discover the music that Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques will listen to aboard the Soyuz on launch day. (Credit: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC))

Launch day

On , Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques and his crewmates Anne McClain and Oleg Kononenko will fly to the International Space Station.

On launch day, the astronauts enter the Soyuz about two and a half hours before lift-off and perform the final checks.

Launch of the Soyuz rocket for Expedition 56/57

Credit: GCTC

After their pre-launch operations are completed, the astronauts usually have about 40 minutes to listen to music before their departure. They can enjoy their own selections or discover those of their crewmates.

Here is David Saint-Jacques' playlist, compiled by Nicolas Tittley, who is a music journalist and a friend of David.

In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, crewmembers, David Saint-Jacques and his crewmates, run through procedures in the Soyuz as part of the first Soyuz fit check

Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov

David Saint-Jacques' playlist: "Before space"

  1. Sleep/Swim, múm
  2. Green Grass of Tunnel,  múm
  3. Quarrel, Moses Sumney
  4. Music for 18 Musicians (Modular Version): Pulses, Steve Reich (Ensemble Signal)
  5. On the Ground, Richard Reed Parry
  6. Subterraneans (2017 Remastered Version), David Bowie
  7. Suspirium, Thom Yorke
  8. Rêver mieux, Daniel Bélanger
  9. Sunday Morning (Stereo Version), The Velvet Underground & Nico
  10. Nuit debout, Camille
  11. Distant Sky (feat. Else Torp), Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
  12. Le départ, Alexandra Stréliski
  13. The Great Escape, Patrick Watson
  14. Ikajunga, Elisapie
  15. Sail to the Moon, Radiohead
  16. Flight from the City, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Yuki Numata Resnick, Ben Russell, Clarice Jensen & Tarn Travers
  17. Blue Moon, Beck
  18. Faites monter, Alain Bashung
  19. Fade into You, Mazzy Star
  20. Higgs Boson Blues, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
  21. Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois, Sufjan Stevens
  22. Looking for Astronauts, The National
  23. New Star in the Sky, Air
  24. We're Going Home, Clint Mansell
  25. Décollage, Air
  26. The Stars Our Destination, Stereolab
  27. Major Tom (Coming Home), Peter Schilling
  28. A Model of the Universe, Jóhann Jóhannsson

This would make for great listening during a launch party! Enjoy!

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