Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is wrapping up his time in space and concluded his run as commander of Expedition 35 aboard the International Space Station by covering David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.”
The 52-year-old Hadfield tweeted on Sunday: “With deference to the genius of David Bowie, here's Space Oddity, recorded on Station. A last glimpse of the World.” The video shows Hadfield in various parts of the spaceship, including holding a guitar while floating in zero gravity. He longingly looks at the Earth from the ISS as his sings his version of Bowie’s song.
The English singer, thrilled that the astronaut covered his song with what is now being touted at the first music video made in space, took to his Twitter to share the news with his own followers: “CHRIS HADFIELD SINGS SPACE ODDITY IN SPACE! ‘Hallo Spaceboy...’”
According to NASA, Hadfield will be undocking from the International Space Station on Monday night. As he wraps up his time in space, Hadfield tweeted to the Earthlings following him on Twitter that he was having trouble sleeping in. “Good morning, Earth! We're supposed to be sleeping late to be rested for tonight's Soyuz flight home, but I'm finding it hard to sleep in.”
Livestream footage of Hadfield’s return to Earth after five months in space can be seen, courtesy of NASA and YouTube. Hadfield will be following this schedule during his descent to Earth, the space site wrote:
-3:30 p.m. — ISS Expedition 35 Farewells and Hatch Closure Coverage (hatch closure scheduled at 3:50 p.m. ET)
-6:45 p.m. — ISS Expedition 35/Soyuz TMA-07M Undocking Coverage (undocking scheduled at 7:08 p.m. ET)
-9:15 p.m. — ISS Expedition 35/Soyuz TMA-07M Deorbit Burn and Landing Coverage (Deorbit burn scheduled at 9:37 p.m. ET, landing near Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, scheduled at 10:31 p.m. ET) – JSC via Kazakhstan
Hadfield rocketed into space on Dec. 21, 2012, and became the new commander after the previous crew returned to Earth. On Sunday night the Canadian handed over command to his replacement, Russian cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov.
Check out his “Space Oddity” cover below: