Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield's recent performance of David Bowie's Space Oddity high above the earth brought back bad memories for French musician Jean Michel Jarre, who had hoped to feature tragic spaceman Ron Mcnair playing a saxophone solo at a gig in 1986. Jarre had planned to link up with McNair on board space shuttle Challenger as part of a show in Houston, Texas, and watched in horror as his pal and his crewmates perished when the craft disintegrated just 73 seconds after lift-off.
And Jarre reveals Hadfield's out-of-this-world tribute to Bowie, performed 230 miles (370 kilometres) above the planet on the International Space Station and posted online on 12 May (13), took him back to one of the worst days of his life.
He tells CelebrityAccess contributor Larry LeBlanc, "When I heard about the astronaut wanting to play music, obviously, it reminded me of this quite hard time... I could write a book around this concert in Houston.
"For the first time in its history, NASA wanted to be part of a cultural event. We had this idea of having a live link in space, and a song performed, not just as an engineer and a scientist, but also an artist playing saxophone live. It was really moving. Writing a piece of saxophone for NASA is quite challenging for a musician.
"Then we did it, and Ron was rehearsing until the last minute. (I said), 'OK, I'll give you a rendezvous in space,' which was a time to play together, with me in Houston, onstage over the skyline, and him in outer space.
"He said, 'Watch me on television for the take-off...' and we saw the tragedy. We were all in tears. I wanted to cancel the whole thing (concert). The astronauts in Houston said, 'You have to go on. You have to do this concert as a tribute to the astronauts.'"
The politician was taking part in a holiday game at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. when another player elbowed him in the face.
Obama brushed off the mishap and finished the court session before seeking medical attention upon his return to the White House, where doctors gave him 12 stitches.
In a statement issued on Friday, White House Press Secretary Robin Gibbs says, "After being inadvertently hit with an opposing player's elbow in the lip while playing basketball with friends and family, the President received 12 stitches today administered by the White House Medical Unit."
The married former Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens quarterback, 36, was discovered on 4 July (09) in a downtown Nashville condominium with shots to his head and chest. The body of his girlfriend, Sahel Kazemi, was found nearby, with just one gunshot.
Tennessee police announced McNair was killed by Kazemi - who they believe fired a semi-automatic weapon, recovered from beside her own body, before turning the gun on herself.
His family was left devastated by the tragedy, and his widow Mechelle has been appointed administrator of his estate in a bid to sort out his affairs.
She named her two sons, Tyler and Trenton, as heirs - but failed to mention McNair's two sons from a prior relationship, Steven McNair Jr. and Steven O'Brian Koran McNair, as heirs.
According to Tennessee law, Mechelle will get a third of the estate and the remaining two-thirds will be split evenly among the named heirs - meaning two of McNair's sons will receive none of their father's assets.