Space Oddity in Space

I can’t think of a much more poignant song for an astronaut to sing than David Bowie’s Space Oddity. Knowing that the final verse about drifting off into the void is in fact an actual possibility rather than a vivid fictional picture gives the song a whole new level of meaning.

Chris Hadfield from the Canadian Space Agency did just that, however, whilst on board the International Space Station. It’s a daft version, but being sung by an actual astronaut gives it a certain degree of pathos, and the video is really rather cool as well.

Hadfield himself seems like an absolutely brilliant guy, as well. Whilst on the ISS he made a series of over seventy videos of various things, including the rather brilliant one below, answering a question from a bunch of school kids about what happens when you wring out a flannel in space.