June 15, 2024

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Ad astra, Vangelis: space agencies pay tribute to the great Greek composer

Ad astra, Vangelis,” NASA tweeted hours after the death of world-famous Greek composer and musician Vangelis became known.

Saying goodbye to the star, NASA noted the music written by the musician for the exploration of the Jupiter mission.

On November 7, 1995, the Minor Planet Center of the International Astronomical Union at the Smithsonian Astronomical Observatory named a small asteroid 6354 after the world famous composer who has always been fascinated by space.

Asteroid numbered 6354 Vangelisdiscovered in 1934, is a large rock that orbits the Sun, mostly between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, at a distance of about 247 million kilometers from the Sun.

Nearby, in the cosmic sense of the word, are small planets named after the composers Beethoven, Mozart and Bach.

Vangelis died after several months in the intensive care unit in a Parisian hospital, after contracting Covid-19. He was 79 years old.

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