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Chris Hadfield performing Space Oddity aboard the International Space Station.

For those of a certain age, David Bowie’s 1969 classic Space Oddity is a song for the ages. Now, at last, it has been performed where Bowie pretended to do it: from outer space, by International Space Station commander Chris Hadfield.

The longtime Canadian F-18 pilot plays the tune on a weightless guitar while singing the ditty with a half-decent voice.

He warrants Battleland’s notice for his CV. According to his official Canadian Space Agency bio, he flew the first CF-18 intercept of a Soviet Bear aircraft (that, and the fact that he flew A-7s, is a clue he’s no spring chicken; in fact, he’s a ripe 53).

And:

He attended the United States Air Force (USAF) Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, in California, and upon graduation, served as an exchange officer with the U. S. Navy at Strike Test Directorate at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station. His accomplishments from 1989 to 1992 included testing theF/A-18 and A-7 aircraft; performing research work with NASA on pitch control margin simulation and flight; completing the first military flight of F/A-18 enhanced performance engines; piloting the first flight test of the National Aerospace Plane external burning hydrogen propulsion engine; developing a new handling qualities rating scale for high angle-of-attack test; and participating in the F/A-18 out-of-control recovery test program. In total, Hadfield has flown over 70 different types of aircraft.

Not only that: the Spider from Mars apparently likes the cover version. He’s telling his fans on his Facebook page to watch “the breathtaking video and hear Chris’s beautiful rendition.”

So here is is:

2 comments
thecolorblue
thecolorblue

A song made from a time when space travel was just beginning, an imaginary scenario, now somehow given new vitality and meaning sung by an actual astronaut in actual space...gave me chills and hope for space travel in the future. And as far as TIME magazine saying he has only a "halfway decent voice", screw them. He has an absolutely beautiful voice that perfectly fits this scenario. Whoever wrote this article probably was a jealous off-off Broadway musical failure.

boomacboom
boomacboom

Not exactly life changing but, finally,  something of worth coming from the ISS.


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