WATCH: Astronaut Chris Hadfield Covers Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ in Space

Astronaut Chris Hadfield had one more treat for his fans on Earth.

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He’s become an online star, by sharing stunning photos and videos of the Earth from space during his five-month stay on the International Space Station.

But after handing over command of the station to Russian cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov ahead of his return to Earth on Monday, the Canadian astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield had one more treat for his fans down below: a cover version of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.”

In the clip, believed to be the first music video filmed in space, Hadfield 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.

He tweeted:

The video, which has already been viewed over half a million times, has even moved Bowie himself to show his appreciation, tweeting: CHRIS HADFIELD SINGS SPACE ODDITY IN SPACE! “Hallo Spaceboy…”

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7 comments
rkell087
rkell087

It was amazing to see Chris as an Astronaut in spacing and singing no less. I remember when he sang "Time in a bottle" to us in the Milton Air Cadets. Would love to be able to talk to Chris again. Thanks Chris for sharing your space experience and sharing your amazing voice and view of the world from the space station.

 Robin


DominiqueTeyssier
DominiqueTeyssier

Wonderful and fantastic version of one of my favorite song. Well done! 

Thank you Commander.

Dominique

Future Astronaut

JamesGullett
JamesGullett like.author.displayName 1 Like

You have to love Canadians. I am waiting for the next one when he busts out some Rush. This made me smile and his experiments are great from crying in space to wringing out the wash cloth.  This guy is trying to bring some of the magic and wonder that we used to have about space back and he is doing it. Godbless you commander and god speed. 

LynnDellaria
LynnDellaria

WOW... that was awesome! Congratulation Commander  Hadfield for genius in the making, and musical history as a compliment to your memorable space journey  

KettRoberts
KettRoberts

kroberts

What a fantastic version of space Oddity, it's a credit to Chris Hadfield, it gives honor to David Bowie's musical Genius.

ChrisCourson
ChrisCourson

Absolutely beautiful, Commander Hadfield. You got me all choked up.

olderobe
olderobe

Best thing I've seen in a long time, possibly ever. Enjoy your well deserved place in history Commander. What a proud Canadian I have been in 2013, watching you, with everyone on spaceship earth, changing -- heightening -- our perspective on what this all means.