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Space Oddity: Chris Hadfield sings David Bowie in space
Chris Hadfield, the Canadian astronaut and commander of the International Space Station celebrated the end of his five-month mission by unveiling the first music video filmed in space – for David Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” of course.
Hadfield, who has been using social media to generate interest in space travel, tweeted the video out Sunday night, saying, “With deference to the genius of David Bowie, here's 'Space Oddity,' recorded on Station. A last glimpse of the World.”
Does he make the grade? On his website, Bowie called it “possibly the most poignant version of the song ever created.”
Hadfield collaborated with the great Canadian singer-songwriter and former Bowie backing singer Emm Gryner on the cover version while he was in space.
“I was mostly blown away by how pure and earnest Chris' singing is on this track,” Gryner wrote on her blog, “like weightlessness and his voice agreed to agree.”
Gryner wrote Hadfield is quite the performer. “Chris is a musician and a pretty damn good one at that,” she blogs. “Over the years, we've dueted at my shows -- everything from Lightfoot to Blue Rodeo. Hell, he even stole the show one night when I mistakenly allowed him to play his own song.”
Hadfield is set to return to earth Monday, between 9:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.