With the world mourning the loss of glam rocker David Bowie, one of the most influential musicians and performers of the 20th century, a bright star remains in one astronaut's viral video tribute to the original Space Oddity: a cover of one of his songs filmed in actual space.
Floating in anti-gravity with guitar in hand, former NASA astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield recorded a tribute to Bowie's 1969 single "Space Oddity" while serving on the International Space Station (ISS) in 2013. The three-year-old video, meant to be the 56-year-old astronaut's swan-song for his last mission, garnered millions of hits (the current count is more than 27 million views).
The cover won praise from even Bowie himself, who said that Hadfield's version of the song was "possibly the most poignant version of the song ever created."
The video has seen a resurgence in popularity with the passing of Bowie at the age of 69 after his battle with cancer on Sunday, Jan. 10.
Ashes to ashes, dust to stardust. Your brilliance inspired us all. Goodbye Starman. pic.twitter.com/FbcxlAzces— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) January 11, 2016
Check out Chris Hadfield's Bowie tribute in the video clip below.