Astronaut Chris Hadfield Creates Offworld Cover of David Bowie’s 'Space Oddity' (Video)
David Bowie’s 1969 classic “Space Oddity” has always been out of this world. Now, an astronaut has re-imagined the song by taking it into orbit -- quite literally.
Commander Chris Hadfield has remade “Space Oddity” with a remarkable video shot from the International Space Station. In the five-minute clip, Hadfield is seen floating in zero-gravity while strumming his acoustic guitar, and looking-on at spectacular images of our world few will witness with their own eyes.
When he sings, "Here am I sitting in a tin can/far above the world/Planet Earth is blue/And there's nothing left to do" -- he’s speaking from experience.
The song is set to a full arrangement, recorded back here on earth by producer Joe Corcoran and piano arranger Emm Gryner. The vocals and guitar, however, were recorded in space. With his extraterrestrial performance, the 53-year-old Canadian has achieved the dream of many Bowie wannabes of a certain era.
And he's timed it to coincide with the conclusion of his five-month mission in space.
Watch the video here: