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.