Astronaut Chris Hadfield Sings David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” On Board the International Space Station

Chris Had­field has spent the past five months on the ISS. And, if you reg­u­lar­ly fol­low our site, you’ll know that the media-savvy astro­naut has engaged earth­lings with a steady stream of tweets, a series of edu­ca­tion­al videos (see below), and the occa­sion­al enter­tain­ing rou­tine. In recent months, he has kib­itzed with William Shat­ner and even strummed a tune for Peter Gabriel. Now, before hand­ing over com­mand of the ISS to a Russ­ian cos­mo­naut, Had­field bade us farewell by singing a zero grav­i­ty ver­sion of “Space Odd­i­ty,” the song that helped launch David Bowie’s music career back in 1969. What could be a more per­fect pick? In case you’re won­der­ing, Had­field is play­ing a Lar­rivée Par­lor gui­tar, which he used to make the first album ever record­ed in orbit. We’ll even­tu­al­ly tell you more about that.…

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  • joan says:

    that is fan­tas­tic.
    thank you chris had­field, david bowie, NASA, and open­cul­ture!

  • Greg says:

    Mar­velous! Chris Had­field is the per­son of the year. Do we know to what extent Bowie was involved with the changes to the lyrics?

  • Craig Andrews says:

    Amaz­ing man, Chris Had­field! :D

  • Tina Almeida says:

    That was awe­some! Thank You Chris for your work in space and show­ing us that you still can be a “down to earth kin­da guy”. Proud to be a Cana­di­an!!!

  • Colin Fitton says:

    I’m over the moon after watch­ing your clip, a Bea­t­les num­ber would have gone down well, as well !! Lucy in the sky with Dia­monds !!!! Great stuff lad .…

  • Madeleine Hopkins says:

    SO awe­some.

  • Scott says:

    Sci­ence is enjoy­able. Sci­ence is inter­est. We as a whole have nor­mal inter­est. Sci­ence is a course of research­ing. It’s sug­gest­ing con­ver­sa­tion starters and con­coct­ing a strat­e­gy. It’s dig­ging in.

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