Alan Parson’s Project Dedicates Song to ISS Astronaut Parmitano

by Elizabeth Howell on July 29, 2013

When we heard that the Alan Parsons Project song “Eye in the Sky” was beamed to humanity’s constant eye in the sky — the International Space Station — we just about exploded with space geekiness. It’s even more awesome that the video accompanying the song has tons of space scenes to enjoy.

Turns out the band’s song is Expedition 36 astronaut Luca Parmitano’s favorite, which is why Parsons dedicated that to him during a July 23 Alan Parsons Live Project concert at the Foro Italico in Rome.

“Luca is not on this Earth. He’s up there somewhere,” joked Parsons just prior to the song, which was recorded, and then sent up to Parmitano himself on the space station.

The Italian’s reported reaction: “Fantastico!”

The slick video, packaged by the European Space Agency, includes a dedication from Parsons and some shots from Expedition 36 and other missions as the song plays. As a note to Parsons’ introduction, Parmitano is actually the sixth Italian astronaut. He is, however, the first Italian to go on a spacewalk.

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Elizabeth Howell is the senior writer at Universe Today. She also works for Space.com, Space Exploration Network, the NASA Lunar Science Institute, NASA Astrobiology Magazine and LiveScience, among others. Career highlights include watching three shuttle launches, and going on a two-week simulated Mars expedition in rural Utah. You can follow her on Twitter @howellspace or contact her at her website.

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