First-ever music video filmed in space is David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’

By Stephen C. Webster
Sunday, May 12, 2013 22:44 EDT
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Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield performs David Bowie's "Space Oddity" from the International Space Station. Photo: Screenshot via YouTube.
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In an amazing video published Sunday by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, he bids farewell to the International Space Station (ISS) with the most epic cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” perhaps ever, in footage that will go down as the first music video filmed in space.

The ISS commander has made a habit of publishing YouTube videos from far above Earth showing the amazing properties of zero gravity living and the difficulties it presents astronauts in doing common tasks like clipping their fingernails or wringing out a wet rag. But his last dispatch is a bit different.

Just one day ago, Hadfield was supervising two fellow astronauts as they embarked on a precedent-setting spacewalk to patch an ammonia leak that NASA said posed a “serious” threat to the station’s research lab.

Fresh off that mission’s success, it would seem a musical number is strangely fitting. Especially this one.

Hadfield and two other astronauts are set to leave the ISS on May 14, after spending six months at the station.

This video was published to YouTube on Sunday, May 12, 2013.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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