Video: Space Oddity’s parting gift
Commander Chris Hadfield is regarded by many as the first real human in space – in his six months aboard the International Space Station his Facebook updates, tweets and video clips have inspired generations new and old with a new interest in extraterrestrial activity.
After six months his mission is at an end; but his parting gift is every bit as thought-provoking as his other observations of life in low gravity. He’s recorded a new and very personal version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity. View it below.
Bowie’s official Facebook page has called it “possibly the most poignant version of the song ever created” and adds that it features Emm Gryner, who was a member of his live band in 1999.
Gryner says: “I was blown away by how pure and earnest Chris’ singing is on this track – like weightlessness and his voice agreed to agree. You wouldn’t get too many chances to make a recording like this. Planet earth is blue, and there’s nothing left for Chris to do.”
Canadian Hadfield first drew attention with a Twitter conversation with William ‘Captain Kirk’ Shatner. Asked by the movie star if he was really in space, the astronaut replied: “Yes, Standard Orbit, Captain. And we’re detecting signs of life on the surface.”
He recorded his parts on the ISS while the rest of the track was prepared somewhere altogether more worldly. Hadfield heads home today.