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HOMAGE to FRANZ VIEHBÖCK
After graduating in electronics engineering at the Vienna University of Technology, Franz worked as an Assistant Professor when a newspaper announcement of a possible Austrian flight to the space station “Mir” caught his attention. He interrupted his doctoral study to qualify as a candidate for the cosmonaut training
at the Russian Juri-Gagarin-Trainings-Center.
Two years later he was chosen for the joint Austrian-Soviet
Mission „Austromir“ and became the first and till now only Austrian to fly to space. In his spare time, Franz enjoys playing piano - alone and as Bandleader
of the Berndorf Jazz Band.
Following in the tradition cultivated by his Soviet colleagues, Franz carried symbolic objects with him on the flight – including a page from the book “The Little Prince” of Saint-Exupéry.
The Jazz track The Little Prince by RaghaJazz was selected to pay homage to Franz Viehböck and to promote the peaceful uses of Outer Space.
Countdown—Time in Outer Space
A studio album released by the Dave Brubeck Quartet dedicated to astronaut John Glenn.
The front cover features Orange and Black Wall by Franz Kline - one of the most important artists of the New York Abstract Expressionist movement.
The Voyager Golden Record
The 90-minute varied music selection includes one jazz track
Melancholy Blues from Louis Armstrong and his hot Seven.
Spaced Out on Jazz concept & photo montage Fran Eve Wright
Vivien Kabar (photo credit Gergo Pejko) Helix Nebula (photo credit NASA)
Layout & Social Media Management Christine Deifel
Featured Jazz Artists
World Space Week 4 - 10 October 2021
The United Nations General Assembly declared World Space Week in 1999. It is an international celebration of science and technology, and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition. The celebration of World Space Week is under the guidance of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS)and the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) based in Vienna, Austria.
AUSTROMIR was the first flight of an Austrian into space and was not only a challenge for “Austronaut” Franz Viehböck but was a touchstone for Austrian science. Following in the tradition cultivated over many years by his Soviet colleagues, Franz carried symbolic objects with him on the flight – including a page from the book “The Little Prince” of Saint-Exupéry.
The following track was selected to pay homage to Franz Viehböck and to the peaceful uses of Outer Space
v The little Prince by RaghaJazz was Inspired by a Classical French Book, “The Little Prince” that
first appeared in 1943. Written by pilot Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the tale was inspired
by his experiences in the French Air Force. On the surface it’s a simple story, and his
messages of compassion and goodwill continue to endure. The tale tells the story of a child,
the little prince, who travels the universe gaining wisdom. Composer / Flautist:
Raghavendran Rajasekaran Keyboardist: Rachma Lim Percussionist: Riduan Zalani Bassist:
Tim De Cotta Mix and Engineered by Tim De Cotta. Video by Sean Harrison
Inspiring Future Generations