Astronaut’s first music video from space a hit with fans

Posted on: 1:50 pm, May 14, 2013, by , updated on: 01:51pm, May 14, 2013

NEW YORK (CNN) — The crew of the International Space Expedition 35 safely returned to earth Monday night around 8:30 p.m. CDST.

One of the crew members is becoming a music video sensation with the first music video from space.

A singing astronaut delivers an out of this world version of a classic David Bowie song.

He will forever be known as “The Singing Astronaut.”  As he orbited the earth, then International Space Station commander Chris Hadfield sang a version of Bowie’s 1969 bit, “Space Oddity” that has folks on earth over the moon.

It’s really his voice and guitar playing recorded up there with more music mixed by producers on the ground.

Hadfield’s son described it as, “Unbelievably fun to do.  It took six months.”

It’s such a hit even another commander and fellow Canadian responded in cyberspace.  William Shatner, Star Trek’s Capt. Kirk, joked “I have two words for him — SHOW OFF.  I’d even look good there singing.”

Bowie himself tweeted about the song.

“Chris Hadfield sings “Space Oddity” in space!  Hello spaceboy, which is the name of another Bowie song.

This was the Canadian astronaut’s grand finale before heading home after five months in space.

Even before the Bowie cover, Hadfield was winning fans demonstrating how astronauts use a barf bag.  How they brush their teeth with no running water.

He did a sing-along with hundreds of school children back on earth in a effort to demonstrate not just the science of space, but the humanity of it.

He even poured water in his eye to show what happend when astronauts cry.

“Just end up with a bigger and bigger ball of water,” he said.

In between tweeting photos of earth, Hadfield recorded the Bowie song, taking some minor liberties with the lyrics, tweaking them to fit the current mission.

Gone is the part Bowie sang about a major malfunction.

Monday’s landing wrapped up 146 days in space for Hadfield and his crew.

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