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Space Oddity; First Music Video Shot in Outer Space; by Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield

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Canada's beloved astronaut  Chris Hadfield , known by millions for his funny tweets, his lively sense of humour and 'down-to-earth' attitude from on high in the ISS, has made the first ever music video in space. David Bowie's iconic 'Space Oddity', shot from the International Space Station, is the world's first and only music video shot in space.

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The Globe and Mail reports:

"The song and video took six months to make. The new arrangement is more heartfelt and less far-out than the original, which featured strings scored by the Grammy-winning Paul Buckmaster. The instrumental parts, recorded terrestrially, retain the flowers-and-mellotron vibe of the original...Fans of the Bowie original will notice that the lyrics have been tweaked. Hadfield, the Tang-drinking troubadour, adjusted a few lines to reflect Monday's homecoming to Earth rather than the druggy detachment of Major Tom, who floated in a "most peculiar way." Where an adrift and helpless Major Tom sighed that there was nothing he could do, Commander Chris proudly trumpets the success and thoroughness of his five-month mission -- "nothing left to do."

Hadfield's vocals are astonishingly well delivered, given the conditions and equipment (likely GarageBand software and an iPad). The astronaut's guitar is a Larrive'e parlour-sized acoustic model, made in Vancouver."

Here are some of Commander Hadfield's latest tweets describing the experience of re-entering Earth's atmosphere:

  1. Chris Hadfield "-@Cmdr_Hadfield30m

    Forgot to mention: first long, hot shower since December. That felt so good! Step 1 of Return to Earth complete.

  2. Chris Hadfield "-@Cmdr_Hadfield32m

    On the ground in Prestwick , Scotland, to refuel. Blue sky day, Nature smiling on us. Was 1st here in 1977 - who could have predicted this?

  3. Chris Hadfield "-@Cmdr_Hadfield10h

    Safely home - back on Earth, happily readapting to the heavy pull of gravity. Wonderful to smell and feel Spring.

  4. CanadianSpaceAgency "-@csa_asc14h

    "It's a boy!" jokes @astro_davids !

    Retweeted by Chris Hadfield Expand
  5. CanadianSpaceAgency "-@csa_asc14h

    144 days on the #ISS, 146 days in space, 2,336 orbits around the planet and clocked almost 62 million miles. What a ride!

    Retweeted by Chris Hadfield Expand
  6. Jeremy R. Hansen "-@Astro_Jeremy15h

    Touchdown. We are celebrating!

    Retweeted by Chris Hadfield View photo
  7. CanadianSpaceAgency "-@csa_asc15h

    TOUCHDOWN!!! @Cmdr_Hadfield, Roman @AstroMarshburn, welcome home!#returntoEarth #APPLAUSE!!!

    Retweeted by Chris Hadfield Expand
  8. Evan Hadfield "-@Evan_Hadfield15h

    In case it isn't entirely clear, I am retweeting these for my father. He does not have twitter, internet, or free time in Soyuz. :)

    Retweeted by Chris Hadfield Expand
  9. Evan Hadfield "-@Evan_Hadfield15h

    Parachutes are open! Descent is being slowed to 7.2metres/second.

    Retweeted by Chris Hadfield Expand
  10. Evan Hadfield "-@Evan_Hadfield15h

    Under 15 minutes to touchdown. Roman Romanenko, the Soyuz Commander, could not be doing a better job returning our crew home.

    Retweeted by Chris Hadfield Expand
  11. Evan Hadfield "-@Evan_Hadfield15h

    2 minutes to maximum G-force. 4-5 G's on reentry. 4 minutes to parachutes opening (6.7 miles up).

    Retweeted by Chris Hadfield Expand
  12. Jeremy R. Hansen "-@Astro_Jeremy15h

    We lose communication with the capsule during re-entry. This is normal. Capsule is about to interface with the atmosphere.Cue the fireworks!

    Retweeted by Chris Hadfield Expand
  1. CanadianSpaceAgency "-@csa_asc15h

    30 minutes till landing!

    Retweeted by Chris Hadfield Expand

You can follow Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian to walk in space, to Command the ISS and now the first person to make a music video in space on Twitter -

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