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Advent Day 16: Jingle Bells

December 16 – Jingle Bells

“Jingle Bells” was the first song broadcast from outer space, in a Christmas-themed prank by Gemini 6 astronauts Tom Stafford and Wally Schirra.  While in space on December 16, 1965, they sent this report to Mission Control:

 ”We have an object, looks like a satellite going from north to south, probably in polar orbit….I see a command module and eight smaller modules in front.  The pilot of the command module is wearing a red suit….” 

The astronauts then produced a smuggled harmonica and sleighbells and broadcast a rendition of “Jingle Bells.”  The harmonica, shown to the press upon their return, was a Hohner “Little Lady”, a tiny harmonica approximately one inch long, by 3/8 of an inch wide.

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