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Hadfield bids goodbye to ISS with Space Oddity cover


  1. Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is scheduled to leave the International Space Station at 7:08 p.m. ET today, and his last day has been a busy one with the release of possibly the first music video recorded in space.
  2. Hadfield's stint on the ISS has rocketed him to social-media superstar status, with his tweets, photos, videos and interviews bringing renewed interest in human space travel.
  3. Hadfield's viral video successes have included demonstrating the strange behaviour of water in micro-gravity, a brief clip of mixed nuts floating in their can and a Canada-wide singalong with the Barenaked Ladies.

    But his swan song may become his most viewed video yet.
  4. Hadfield's version of David Bowie's 1969 classic Space Oddity has been viewed more than 500,000 times by Monday morning, and tweeted more than 40,000 times, including by the Thin White Duke himself.

    This photo montage for the video was posted to Bowie's official Facebook page, with the caption "Hallo Spaceboy..."
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  6. Canadian singer-songwriter - and member of Bowie's live band in 1999-2000 - Emm Gryner wrote the piano arrangement for this version of the song.
  7. On her blog, she wrote about her past touring with Bowie and writing songs for, and now with, Chris Hadfield.

    "I was so honoured to be asked to be a part of this. You wouldn't get too many chances to make a recording like this and not only that, to make music with someone who - through his vibrant communications with kids in schools to his breathtaking photos to his always patient and good-humoured demeanour - has done more for science and space than anyone else this generation"

    Many on Twitter hailed the song as Hadfield's crowning achievement on the ISS (along with all that science, medical research and emergency repair work, of course).
  8. Hadfield handed over command of the ISS to cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradovin a ceremony on Sunday.
  9. Transfer of Command Ceremony from Hadfield to Vinogradov
  10. Hadfield's photos of Earth's cities, coastlines and strange geological features have giving us down below a new perspective on our planet.