Space Station Astronaut Becomes His Own 'Space Oddity'
May 14, 2013 at 9:59 AM (PT)
Canadian astronaut CHRIS HADFIELD ended his five-and-a-half month stay in an orbiting space station with a one-of-a-kind musical fanfare: Along with his son and others, he created a music video where he performs DAVID BOWIE's classic "Space Oddity" while in space, DISCOVERY.COM reports.
An accomplished singer and guitarist, HADFIELD is the lead vocalist and bass player for MAX Q, an all-astronaut rock band based in HOUSTON. His vocals and guitar playing on "Space Oddity" were recorded in space; the other instrumentation and production were completed by his collaborators on earth.
HADFIELD posted the video on SUNDAY (5/12) and currently has it has attracted around 7 million hits. BOWIE was impressed enough to twitter, "Halo, Spaceboy."
Later on SUNDAY, HADFIELD passed on space duties to over Russian cosmonaut PAVEL VINOGRADOV, who will remain aboard the outpost with two other crewmates. HADFIELD, NASA astronaut TOM MARSHBURN and cosmonaut ROMAN ROMANENKO safely returned to earth late last night.