Astronaut’s Rendition of “Space Oddity” Is Outta This World — Literally

Posted May 13

Happy Monday, earthlings! Ready to get a deep-down tingle right in the middle ‘o your chest? Well, take a look at this: A stunning cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” executed by Canadian astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield — here’s the kicker — in space.

Hadfield has spent the last five months on the International Space Station, uploading videos of the experience all the while. To herald his return to Earth Monday — where he will trade off with Russian cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov — Hadfield uploaded the video below, in which he performs Bowie’s cosmic tune while, literally, “floating in a tin can.” Hadfield even earned a tweet from the famously reclusive — although recently musically active — Bowie: “CHRIS HADFIELD SINGS SPACE ODDITY IN SPACE! ‘Hallo Spaceboy…’”

Although musicians like will.i.am and Thirty Second to Mars have premiered songs in space, this is apparently the first music video that was filmed in the final frontier.

Since David Bowie announced that he would be releasing his first studio album in a decade, March’s The Next Day, we’ve some interesting odes to The Man Who Fell To Earth, including Beck and director Chris Milk’s interactive music video for “Sound and Vision.” Hadfield’s contribution, however, is probably the most grab-you-in-the-heart.

You try to remain impassive while watching the astronaut croon “Planet Earth is blue and there’s nothing I can do” while floating past Planet Earth.

Impossible.