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German astronaut Alexander Gerst, who is currently stationed in outer space aboard the International Space Station, joined Krafterk live to perform ‘Spacelab’.

During their very special performance at Stuttgart’s Jazz Open Festival, Kraftwerk invited Gerst from 400km above sea level to jam on the 1978 track by using his virtual synthesizer connected to his tablet computer.

Not content with this groundbreaking live moment, Gerst pointed out that he’s “one of only six people in space” before giving a little lesson:

“The ISS is a Man-Machine, the most complex and valuable machine humankind has ever built,” he explained. “Here in the European Columbus Laboratory, the successor to the Spacelab, the European Space Agency (ESA) is researching things that will improve daily life on Earth. More than 100 different nations work together peacefully here and achieve things that a single nation could never achieve. We are developing technologies onboard the ISS to grow beyond our current horizons and prepare to take further species into spaces, to the Moon and Mars.”

[MORE] – Watch one of the first ever Kraftwerk shows, 1970

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