Title: “Fly Me to the Moon”
Artist: Diana Krall
Originally Released: April 1954

Legacy Space History
• This week’s song is in celebration of one of America’s greatest heroes, Project Apollo astronaut and the first man to walk on the Moon, Neil Alden Armstrong (August 5, 1930 – August 25, 2012). Godspeed, Commander

• While “Fly Me to the Moon” was first recorded in 1954, it wasn’t until Frank Sinatra covered it a decade later that it became a famous jazz standard and closely associated with NASA’s Apollo program. The song was played aboard the CSM on Apollo 10 as it orbited the Moon, and was the first music heard on its surface — courtesy of Neil Armstrong’s fellow Apollo 11 trailblazer, Buzz Aldrin

• The song’s Apollo connection continues to this day. In 2009, Diana Krall sang “Fly Me to the Moon” at the 40th anniversary ceremony for Apollo 11, and once again on September 13, 2012 — five years ago this week — at Neil Armstrong’s memorial service at Washington National Cathedral (her solemn performance can be seen and heard in the video above)

The Week in NewSpace – September 11, 2017
• NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, the facility that serves SpaceX and other NewSpace launch companies, remained closed for most of the week in their effort to assess the damage caused by Hurricane Irma (click here to view photos of the damage)

• The spacecraft Cassini, the fourth space probe to visit Saturn and the first to orbit the ringed beauty, finally took its fatal dive into the planet, breaking up and eventually vaporizing as it plunged through Saturn’s atmosphere. Godspeed, Cassini

 

Commander Neil A. Armstrong, American hero

BONUS VIDEO: To balance out this slight bummer of a SSOTW, please enjoy the sounds of Louis Prima and his medley that includes the tune, “C’è La Luna”

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