Exactly one year and a day ago… Commander Chris Hadfield became an internet sensation when, on the last day of his three month long stint on board the International Space Station, he released a video on YouTube of his recording of Bowie’s Space Oddity.
And to be fair it was a fairly respectable cover especially when you consider Chris sang and played his guitar in outer space whilst still attending to such tasks as keeping himself and the billion dollar space station in good working order.
David Bowie granted permission for the video to remain on YouTube for just twelve months We featured the video here just 24 hours after its release when it had already received over a million views. So it seems fitting that we give it an honorary mention again today as it is taken down having received over 22,728,000 hits!
Of course, we can’t include the video itself because it’s no longer on line. There are still a couple of third-party copies that you can search for on YouTube, but I won’t link to them because the quality is poor.
What I did find however was this irresistible parody of the original with Chris Hadfield singing Space Oddity with a little help from puppets Mario and Fafa. I do hope this remains on line. It is definitely odder than Oddity but great fun!