Cmdr. Chris Hadfield sings hit Bowie song
In first music video recorded in orbit
IN AN HISTORIC TRANSMISSION from the space station orbiting far above the earth, Cmdr. Chris Hadfield sang his version of the David Bowie hit song “Space Oddity” for viewers of BBC News on Monday evening.
It was just a few minutes before he relinquished command and returned to the Russian spaceport.
“… and before too long I know it’s time to go
A commander comes down back to us and goes
Cmdr. Chris Hadfield, guitar in hand, performs the first ever music video from space on Monday evening for a global audience watching the BBC News broadcast.
Ground control to Major Tom the time is near…,” Hadfield sang.
This was the first music video ever recorded and broadcast from space.
The Beeb reported that David Bowie said it was the most poignant rendition of the song ever.
As of about noon today almost 7,000,000 people had viewed the BBC report.
Watch the performance after the jump.
The crew of Expedition 35 to the International Space Station (ISS) returned safely to earth after 144 days onboard at 23:39 ET on May 13, according to NASA.
In a pre-flight interview published by NASA Hadfield explains how he began his odyssey into outer space.
“In the late ’60s I was seven, eight, nine years old, and what was going on in the news at that time that really excited a seven, eight, nine year old boy,” Hadfield said, “was the space race.”
Like millions of the rest of us, Hadfield watched with rapt attention in 1969 as the first human being (Neil Armstrong) took “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” on the surface of the moon.
“On July 20, 1969, like so many other people, I sat and looked at a bad, grainy little television and watched those first steps on the moon and then went outside with my family,” he told the NASA profiler.
“But really alone, [I] looked up at the moon and thought: that’s what I want to do when I grow up.”
Talk about lofty goals!
While aboard the space station, Hadfield, a Canadian, tweeted photographs that have been seen by more than 750,000 Twitter followers, helping him to become one of the most famous astronauts of all time, the BBC reported separately yesterday.
Let Cmdr. Hadfield sing to you in his own voice. Watch the BBC video below.
Thank you, Sir. You deserve a knighthood for what you have just accomplished. I hope Betty Windsor … err… The Queen… is watching her telly.