Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi is getting ready to say goodbye to space.
In a bittersweet video uploaded to YouTube, Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi took the time to say farewell to the International Space Station by playing a somber tune on a Yamaha electric keyboard, as the Earth drifts in the background.
Accompanying the slideshow of various images Noguchi has taken since arriving at the space station in November — a melancholic farewell to Noguchi’s temporary home in space.
What makes the performance truly authentic, however, is Noguchi’s well-but-not-perfectly rehearsed rendition — and the incredible views of Earth behind him as he plays.
Noguchi appears to be playing a medley of songs from the 1984 J-pop album “NO SIDE” by artist Yumi Matsutoya.
Noguchi made his performance from what appears to be the Cupola, an ESA-built observatory module that features seven windows, with one large 31 inch diameter window in the center.
The astronaut has kept himself busy — apart from conducting research and doing space walks — by uploading numerous videos to his YouTube channel during his stay on board the ISS, including a heartfelt rendition of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” accompanied by dazzling views of the night sky.
Noguchi is also the first non-American to launch to space on board three different spacecraft: the Space Shuttle, the Soyuz, and the Crew Dragon.
Have a safe trip Soichi — it’s time to come back down to Earth.
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