Space – who doesn’t love a bit of it?
I’ve got a bit of space fascination and there was a fantastic story in today’s Mail (and everywhere to be honest – as it is really popular) about Space Oddity.
Astronaut Chris Hadfield has recorded a cover of David Bowie’s Space Oddity while floating weightless aboard the International Space Station.
A real mood booster – who hasn’t wanted to make their own music video to this track? What would it be like in space? How isolated would you feel? etc. etc.
Plus who doesn’t love a bit of Bowie? And Apollo 13 is one of my all-time favourite films. As is the series ‘From the Earth to the Moon‘. In fact I had a little ‘space weekender’ catching up on the movie Moon (by Duncan Jones – Bowie’s son – how apt?) – very stark.
Well, this is a fantastically heartwarming, real, video shot and sung by Cmdr Hadfield as a farewell to his Twitter followers as his time on the Space Station came to an end.
It is so interesting to think how music video producers would struggle to make the shots of the guitar floating through the station look real. Yet, there they are as REAL footage! Incredible. Those shots of floating guitar (and him chasing it) are just gorgeous. The starkness with the splash of colour by the ‘living’ items (yes, I know the guitar isn’t ‘living’ but it makes beautiful music with the aid of someone living) is very poignant.
Hadfield has also taken some amazing images of the world from space. I love the blues and golds (fave colour combo coming in there again…) and all the connective patterns made by the lights on major roads – all like neurons flashing information around the brain.
Do watch the video.
Commander Chris Hadfield records a cover version of David Bowie’s 1969 Space Oddity as a farewell message to Twitter fans. Hadfield has been aboard the International Space Station since December and is due to return to Earth on Tuesday. He has posted stunning photos of space during his five-month stint, and recorded videos showing how astronauts brush their teeth and how to throw up in space ©DailyMail
As well as aerial shots from all over the Earth, Commander Hadfield has taken pictures of much of the UK. This image shows Birmingham at night ©DailyMail
One of Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield’s latest pictures from the International Space Station shows a darkened south-eastern United States just before dawn, with the moon rising above ©DailyMail
Hadfield says that you can even see the bright lights of Alcatraz in this night time photograph of San Francisco ©DailyMail
The Thames can be clearly seen snaking its was through the giant urban sprawl of London in this picture ©DailyMail
Among Commander Hadfield’s images taken in space and posted online is this night time shot of Liverpool ©DailyMail
The sun is about to come up over the South Pacific Ocean in this colorful scene photographed by one of the Expedition 35 crew members aboard the Earth-orbiting International Space Station. ©DailyMail
Chris Hadfield has posted dozens of pictures from space online since he arrived at the ISS in December including this taken over Africa ©DailyMail
The silhouettes of Ireland and Wales were captured in this beautiful picture taken from the ISS by Commander Hadfield ©DailyMail
It may look tiny, but this expanse of UK land encompasses Exeter and Cornwall all the way to Land’s End ©DailyMail
The astronaut tweeted this shot of what he described as the ‘endless beaches of Australia’, adding ‘That’s where I’d go for Australia Day!’ ©DailyMail
Most of Commander Hadfield’s pictures of the UK were taken at night, but this one shows the beautiful blue sea surrounding the coast of Bournemouth in Hampshire ©DailyMail
‘In the lee of the rock – protecting an island of humanity in a sea of orange sand.’ Some of the pictures look as if they are from a different planet ©DailyMail
Commander Hadfield posted this shot of a vivid blue river snaking through Brazilian farmland on his Twitter page ©DailyMail