Astronaut covers Space Oddity in space

13th May 2013
Written by: Macca Sherifi

Astronaut covers ‘Space Oddity’ in space

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield sings David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ on board the International Space Station

How do you improve one of the greatest songs of all time? You shoot it in space of course.

Commander Chris Hadfield has been strutting his stuff on board the International Space Station in what has to be one of the best YouTube videos we’ve seen in a very long time.

The video was uploaded yesterday and it has already amassed over one million views.

In the clip, believed to be the first music video filmed in space, Commander Chris floats around the space station singing the 1969 track (with modified lyrics such as, “Ground control to Major Tom, lock your Soyuz hatch and put your helmet on,” referencing how his spacecraft will land him in Kazakhstan) and playing an acoustic guitar while gazing at the Earth 230 miles below.

The Canadian astronaut has become an Internet phenomenon through his videos and photos from the International Space Station which he has shared via Twitter (he now has over 820,000 followers so he’s a bit of a big deal). His use of social media has helped to reignite interest in space and raise awareness. He will be returning back to earth later on today.

In a tweet Hadfield said: “Almost time to leave Station. Hard to express all of my emotions, but mostly gratitude. I came here on behalf of so many people – thank you.”

The astronaut also wrote on Twitter when he posted the video: “With deference to the genius of David Bowie, here’s Space Oddity, recorded on Station. A last glimpse of the World.” To which Bowie replied: “Hallo Spaceboy.” Just a bit of space banter there for you.

And we got to say, what an unbelievable tash; looks like the 60s/70s are coming back into fashion. Commander Chris Hadfield, we salute you for your contribution to mankind.

What do you think of the video? Make sure you post your comment below!

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