Last year, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield made waves YouTube after he uploaded a video cover of the David Bowie classic "Space Oddity." While netizens were able to enjoy the unique music video that was shot onboard the International Space Station (ISS), the video was unfortunately taken down due to an expired copyright lease.
The video featured Hadfield himself doing a spirited cover of the Bowie classic. When the video was uploaded, The astronaut was able to secure permission to use Bowie's music for a full year. The lease expired today and the video has been taken down.
"Bowie's last day - we had permission for a year, so our Space Oddity video comes down today," said Hadfield on his Twitter account. "Permission for @Cmdr_Hadfield's Space Oddity expires today! How does copyright work in space?" he added in another tweet.
The video was taken during Hadfield's stint onboard the ISS last 2013. Hadfield's ISS mission began in Dec. 19, 2012. When he arrived onboard the space station, he officially became the first Canadian to take command of the ISS. During his stay on the ISS, Hadfield shot a number of videos on a variety of topics. Some of the videos consisted of "tutorials" that would educate people about how to do things while living in space. His other videos featured himself while playing his trusty guitar. His YouTube videos offered armchair astronauts a rare glimpse of what life aboard the ISS is actually like.
Aside from being known for his memorable videos, Hadfield also gained Internet fame due to a series of stunning photographs he took of the planet Earth as seen from outer space. His other photography subjects included that day to day minutiae of life without gravity as well as snapshots of his ISS mission duties. Hadfield's other notable accomplishments include writing his autobiography entitled "An Astronauts Guide to Life on Earth." The Canadian astronaut also stirred up more interest after engaging in a witty Twitter conversation with Star Trek veteran actor William Shatner.
Hadfield's "Space Oddity" video was viewed over 22 million times. The video was shot shortly before hi's ISS mission came to an end. The 2013 mission was his last mission up into space. Shortly after he came back during May of 2013, Hadfield officially announced his retirement from the Canadian Space Agency.