Canadian astronaut and outgoing International Space Station Commander
Chris Hadfield has recorded the first music video in space while
floating in zero gravity, strumming an acoustic guitar and crooning his
own rendition of David Bowie's "Space Oddity" as a special farewell
before heading back to Earth.
The lyrics tweaked a bit here and there are particularly fitting
"Ground control to Major Tom
Lock your Soyuz hatch and put your helmet on
Ground control to Major Tom
Commencing countdown, engines on
Detach from station and may God's love be with you"
launched from Kazakhstan as part of Expedition 35 Dec 19, 2012, and
took command of the ISS March 13. Since then, he has found time to tweet
to more than 800,000 followers, share photos of the galaxy, and wow
fans with cool videos of playing guitar and cooking spinach in space.
video of wringing out a washcloth in zero gravity quickly went viral,
netting more than five million views in the days after it was posted.
In short, he made space travel cool.
He tweeted about the video in announcing its release Sunday. And got a reply from Bowie a short while later.
turned over control of the space station to Russian Pavel Vinogradov
Sunday, and is scheduled to return to Earth and land in Kazakhstan.
have thought that five months away from the planet would you make you
feel closer to people," Hadfield said in a video about his journey.
music video is interspersed with shots of the ISS orbiting the Earth
and Hadfield floating inside the capsule singing and playing the guitar,
and was produced with help from the Canadian Space Agency and Canadian
musician Emm Gryner, who played with Bowie's band.