By: AnnMarie Scaramuzzino
When David Bowie penned 1969’s “Space Oddity,” it was unclear if he thought it would ever actually be played live in space.
Now, the Rock and Roll icon no longer has to wonder, as Canadian Commander Chris Hadfield has performed a beautiful cover of the song aboard the International Space Station and captured it on tape.
The video, posted to YouTube on Sunday (May 12), has already garnered over a million and a half hits, and even gained recognition from Bowie himself when the rocker tweeted “Hallo Spaceboy…” with a link to the clip on the day of its release.
Also posted on Bowie’s official Facebook page is a deeper description of the making of the cover, calling it “possibly the most poignant version of the song ever created,” and crediting Emm Gryner, who co-produced the song and wrote its piano parts. Gryner, who was a member of Bowie’s live band from 1999 - 2000, writes more about the project on her blog.
Check out the video of Commander Chris Hadfield performing “Space Oddity” below, and be sure to share your thoughts in the comments section!