Real-Life Astronaut Covers David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ from Space
More than 40 years after David Bowie recorded ‘Space Oddity,’ the song has finally made its way into outer space.
Consequence of Sound turned up the incredibly cool video embedded below, in which International Space Station astronaut Chris Hadfield records a revised cover of the Bowie classic from the inside of the ship — including an awesome zero-gravity guitar solo.
According to Mashable, this is the first music video ever recorded in space, and it’s only the latest outreach effort from Hadfield, who’s become something of a celebrity thanks to his engaging Twitter presence, which has found him discussing life in space with followers — and sometimes more, including the time he participated in a singalong with a group of students.
With his space journey due to end later today (May 13), Hadfield offered “a last glimpse of the world” with this cover, which has to go down as one of the coolest honors ever afforded Bowie — and not bad for a song that petered out at number 124 on the Billboard charts during its initial release in 1969. (It eventually became Bowie’s first American hit upon its reissue in 1973.)
With his return from space imminent, Hadfield turned over control of the ISS to fellow astronaut Pavel Vinogradov yesterday (May 12). After checking out his version of ‘Space Oddity,’ you can watch the space station handoff here.
Astronaut Chris Hadfield covers David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’