Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield's revised version of David Bowie's Space Oddity, the first music video made in space, has rocketed him across the web.
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield returned to Earth on May 13 aboard a Soyuz capsule to the sound of David Bowie’s 1969 classic, “Space Oddity”.
After five months aboard the International Space Station, Hadfield posted on Sunday (May 12) the first music video shot in space. The five-minute clip features Hadfield playing the guitar and singing a remake of the song while floating through a space module, more than 200 miles above the Earth.
Hadfield said he had obtained Bowie’s permission to sing his tune.
The 53-year-old Hadfield has a keen understanding of the power of social medial. With 312.000 fans on Facebook and more than 910,000 followers on Twitter, he has entertained the people on Earth with photos and videos of himself during the five months aboard the International Space Station.
Click through the gallery to discover some of the photos Hadfield shared via Facebook. And, enjoy his witty sense of humor!
I don't find this entertaining or educational. We spend a lot of tax money for the ISS. Take your job seriously. If you want to do karaoke or cover songs wait till you are back and do it on your own time. And what did the weight of the guitar cost in terms of payload?
If the pilot of the plane came out of the cockpit and started playing the bongos in mid flight what would you think?
Don't like what I printed flame away.
That would be considered slavery wouldn't it, 24 hours a day with no me time? If you consider that acceptable let me know, I will gladly employ you. I'm guessing we shouldn't let you go to the toilet or eat, you can do that when your contract's over :-)
It's nice to see that space exploration has a new ambassador. The immediate interest he has generated has and will inspire many children to consider Space Exploration and the pursuit of science and engineering. He has done more in the past 5 months than all other government sponsored programs combined ... worldwide. His videos chronicling the daily adventures of performing simple tasks in space, such as brushing your teeth, urinating and showering has educated the masses and brought the experience to us earth bound observers.
I don't think powerdoc is aware that each astronaut is allowed "X" amount of pounds of personal items that they can take along with them, so the additional payload of the guitar is already accounted for. I also believe that he is woefully unaware of the fact that the "I" in "ISS" stands for International. No single country can lay claim to complete ownership or responsibility for its existence and it's sad to see that he's been brainwashed to think otherwise. However, we are all allowed to present our perspective whether anyone else agrees with it or not, so I can't fault him for what I perceive as ignorance as opposed to a well educated & researched point of view.
I truly believe that Cmdr Hatfield has reignited the interest in space and the space station with what he has done. If he managed to inspire just one young mind to pursue it further then I consider what he has done to be a success ... but I suspect he's inspire more so the value has increased.
Hmm I wonder if the comment about Bowie's permission was tongue in cheek? Given that beyond the 3 mile limit on a ship copyright law doesn't apply, I doubt it would apply outside the vertical 200km limit :-) I thought Cmdr Hatfield did a splendid job, not far of Bowie's, and as others have mentioned his other educational videos serve the task well of educating the masses as to exactly what space flight means for them.
I'm glad he modified the lyrics a bit to get rid of the part where he floats off into outer space, never to be heard from or seen again.
But seriously, I think he did an awesome job. The space program should be about a lot of things. Of course science and technology are top of the list, but pain old inspiration is pretty important in my book too, and I find this quite inspirational.
That inspiration is important on so many levels. It keeps young folks interested in science and technology - the things that will make life better for all of us, it reminds us that despite all of the machinery, bits and bytes, smog and strife, that we are all people - that we can keep some humanity in it all.
Well said Duane. You probably also remember the first grainy, fuzzy TV from the moon, with awful sound. The fact that such a professional video can be produced in a similar environment is a reminder of how far we have come.
I still remember the time my sister checked out Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars from the library and played the record five times in one day! by the end of the day I felt like jettisoning her off into outerspace. ;) The astronaut does a pretty good rendition of the song.
When I go to a conference and see bobble-headed enthusiasts wearing some kind of virtual reality goggles, spinning around in chairs, craning their necks to see some distant corner of a virtual world – I’m both completely disinterested and oddly intrigued.