Anytime someone is the first to do something spectacular, it's not just bragging rights that the person earns. If it's a first of epic proportions, it could very well earn someone a place in history.
International Space Station Commander Chris Hadfield, a Canadian astronaut currently en route back to Earth, recorded what is believed to be the first music video from space. The commander does his very own acoustic version of David Bowie's "Space Oddity." Fitting, right? Hadfield can carry a tune even as he floats around the space station at zero gravity.
The video was uploaded to YouTube on Sunday, and it already has more than a million views. People are impressed with the astronaut's performance, with one person writing, "David Bowie must be very proud." Another person wrote, "BRAVO Commander! Welcome home :-)."
It appears that David Bowie is indeed impressed. When Hadfield tweeted the video, Bowie tweeted back, "Hallo Spaceboy..."
Hadfield may be the star of the video, but he had help creating the space-age masterpiece. Emm Gryner, a fellow Canadian, blogged that she came up with the piano part. Gryner was also a part of Bowie's band in 1999 and 2000. Joe Corcoran also helped to produce and mix the song for the final product.
Hadfield is already well-known to space and science enthusiasts. He regularly tweets pictures from his space travels and shares his thoughts on what he'll do once he returns to Earth. He has amassed more than 825,000 followers on Twitter so far.
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