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November 13, 2008 – Texas Children’s Hospital
Purple Songs Can Fly, a creative music program developed for Texas Children’s Cancer Center, will send another music CD into space. Texas Children’s hematology trainee and former intern, Cassia Rye, learned about the Purple Songs program as she worked in the Cancer Center. Now she’s making it possible for a new Purple Songs CD to take flight on Friday, Nov. 14. The Purple Songs CD will travel to the space station aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour during the STS-126 mission.
Last summer while Rye interned with the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) project in the Florida Keys, she worked with Heide Piper, a mission specialist astronaut for NASA.
“When I found out that Heide was selected as lead spacewalker on the STS-126 mission, I thought it would be a wonderful opportunity if we could get Purple Songs back into space,” Rye said. “I approached her with the idea of bringing Purple Songs to the space station, and she jumped right on board.”
Rye will be cheering the STS-126 crew on in Florida at the Kennedy Space Center as the mission also launches experiments from BioServe Space Technologies lab in Boulder, Colo. where she is currently conducting research.
“While at Texas Children’s Cancer Center, I came to value the work that Anita Kruse and her team are doing with Purple Songs,” said Rye. “It is a wonderful program, and I am honored to be a part of it.”