Commander Chris Hadfield Bids Farewell to ISS with David Bowie Cover [Video]

Canadian commander Chris Hadfield has shared with the world his cover version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity, which he recorded on the International Space Station.

Commander Chris Hadfield, a Canadian astronaut who has spent the last five months aboard the International Space Station, has said goodbye to life in zero-gravity with a moving version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity.

The 53-year-old was filmed singing Bowie’s 1969 hit as he strummed his guitar 230 miles above the planet aboard the International Space Station.

On Sunday night, he posted a cover version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity, recorded 230 miles above the earth. The video, complete with him strumming an acoustic guitar on the space station, was his parting act and came after a request on Reddit.

Hadfield has been on the International Space Station since December 2012 and in command of the vessel since March.

Hadfield, who became the first Canadian to command on the ISS in March, is handing the reins of the expedition to fellow astronaut Pavel Vinogradov of Russia.

He’ll be returning to Earth from his five-month journey Monday between 9:30 pm and 11:00 pm ET with Russian Roman Romanenko and American Thomas Marshburn.

“Enormous thanks to everybody on Earth who makes this possible,” Hadfield saidin a separate video. “It’s been a very special time for us on board.”

At one point he sings “And I’m floating in a most peculiar way” while actually floating in mid-air.

It is believed to be the first music video filmed in space.

The video was mixed with the help of the Canadian Space Agency and features modified lyrics that refer to the Soyuz capsule that will bring him back to Earth.

“Ground control to Major Tom, lock your Soyuz hatch and put your helmet on,” he sings.

Cmdr Hadfield has become something of a celebrity during his time in the ISS, say the Telegraph.

Hadfield has become a social media star since boarding the ISS, corresponding with online users from space. He has over 770,000 followers on Twitter and 251,000 on Facebook, where he regularly uploads pictures and updates from the cosmos.

Hadfield thanks singer-songwriter Emm Gryner, music producer Joe Corcoran, video Andrew Tidby and son Evan Hadfield for all pitching in on the effort.

Commentators from the US to Australia have hailed him as hero, with some suggesting he will never need to buy a drink on Earth again.

The astronaut wrote on Twitter: “With deference to the genius of David Bowie, here’s Space Oddity, recorded on Station. A last glimpse of the World.”

David Bowie then replied with: “Hallo Spaceboy.”

Chris’ fellow Canadian, Emm Gryner, who was a part of Bowie’s live band in 1999 and 2000 said on her blog:

“I came up with a piano part. I then enlisted my friend, producer and fellow Canadian Joe Corcoran to take my piano idea and Chris’ vocal and blow it up into a fully produced song.

She continued: “We also incorporated into the track ambient space station noises which Chris had put on his Soundcloud. I was mostly blown away by how pure and earnest Chris’ singing is on this track. And voila! An astronaut sings Space Oddity in space! I was so honoured to be asked to be a part of this. “

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