Canada’s first rock star astronaut, Chris Hadfield, has released an amazing video of him singing David Bowie’s Space Oddity and playing guitar on the International Space Station.
(The Globe & Mail reported on May 13, 2014 that Hadfield explained the one-year licence for Bowie’s song had expired: “We had permission from David Bowie’s people to post the video on YouTube for a year, and that year is up. We are working on renewing the licence for it, but as there are no guarantees when it comes to videos shot in space, we thought you might want to have one last look before we take it down.” Since it was posted on YouTube, the video has been viewed more than 22.4 million times.)
The video release was announced in this tweet Sunday from @Cmdr_Hadfield: “With deference to the genius of David Bowie, here’s Space Oddity, recorded on Station. A last glimpse of the World…”
The images of space and the Earth below while he sings is simply stunning.
Commander Hadfield, who oversaw a space walk over the weekend to fix an ammonia leak, wowed earthlings several times with his musical and video productions during his five months in space. This latest video was his farewell as he handed over control of the Space Station on Sunday afternoon to Russian cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov.
Bowie, who released a new video of his own recently, approved of Hadfield’s version, tweeting: “Hallo Spaceboy…” He later added on Facebook: “It’s possibly the most poignant version of the song ever created.”
A former Bowie band member, Emm Gryner, played piano on Hadfield’s version, which tweaked the lyrics to fit the setting, and worked with her fellow Canadians, producer Joe Corcoran and filmmaker Andrew Tidby, to complete the video before its launch.
And here are Hadfield’s final reflections on his space odyssey before he returns to Earth today (Monday):