35 years ago, at 11:38 a.m. EST, on January 28, 1986,
the Space Shuttle Challenger lifts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Seventy-three seconds into its flight, exploded, killing all seven crew members aboard.
Jean-Michel Jarre released his album Rendez-Vous a few months later.
The last piece of the album was originally scheduled to include a saxophone part recorded by astronaut Ron McNair on the Space Shuttle Challenger, which would have made it the first piece of music to be recorded in space. The track was dedicated to McNair and the other astronauts on board Challenger. On the album, the saxophone part is played by saxophonist Pierre Gossez.
Last Rendez-Vous (Ron’s Piece)
On this day,
January 28, 1944
in Wembley, London.
I have chosen
Thrinos* for solo cello
in honor of the crew who lost their lives.
*Thrinos is a Greek word meaning to morn / lament
Raphael Wallfisch cello
These images are still as haunting as they were on that day as I was watching it unfold.