Ground control to Majorly Cool. Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield’s “Space Oddity” viral music video and David Bowie cover, which he video-recorded and sung from space and synced with music recorded by friends on Earth, is now approaching seven million views on YouTube.
The video took months to complete, and included receiving Bowie’s permission to tweak lyrics that reflected Hadfield’s return from space via a Russian Soyuz craft. Hadfield has made himself a social media superstar with his creative projects from space: Over the past five months in his orbital tour, he has sent thousands of Twitter pics (his account is now almost a million followers strong), performed an original song he wrote, unveiled Canada’s new $5 bill, and had a Twitter chat with William Shatner (watch below).
Here is Hadfield’s “Space Odyssey” video. It’s skin-tinglingly cool: