During long stays on the International Space Station, many astronauts take music with them for listening in off-duty hours. They say it is very important for the morale and psychological support of the crew. For his six-month mission, André included several versions of Rocket Man, one of his all-time favourites, in his playlist.
Released the day after Apollo 16 lifted off for the Moon on 16 April 1972, this song has had a special connection with generations of astronauts and many others in the space industry ever since, as well as inspiring and entertaining millions more people around the world.
Rocket Man was composed by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, and appeared on John’s album Honky Château, released in May 1972. It became a hit single, rising to Number 2 in the UK charts and Number 6 in the US. It is included in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.