April 6, 2011 at 4:14 PM ET
NASA astronaut Cady Coleman has been giving her flute collection quite a workout in the past few weeks, more than 200 miles above Earth. The International Space Station resident played a St. Patrick's Day concert on NASA TV, and also recorded a session for last month's DMI House music festival in Austin, Texas. For the exclusive DMI video, Coleman threw in a tour of her digs on the space station, which is the size of a five-bedroom house and offers a killer view from the Cupola observation deck. When Coleman flew to the orbital outpost in December, she brought four flutes along with her — including her own instrument as well as one lent to her by Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson ("Aqualung!"), plus an Irish flute and a pennywhistle from The Chieftains. Starting today, Coleman will have three more music lovers sharing her orbital home: the two Russians and American who are arriving on a Russian Soyuz spaceship.Join the Cosmic Log community by clicking the "like" button on our Facebook page or by following msnbc.com science editor Alan Boyle as b0yle on Twitter. To learn more about my book on Pluto and the search for planets, check out the website for "The Case for Pluto."