This is Ground Control to Major Tom You've really made the grade And the papers want to know whose shirts you wear Now it's time to leave the capsule if you dare
This is Major Tom to Ground Control I've left for evermore And I'm floating in a most peculiar way And the stars look very different today
For here am I sitting in a tin can Far above the world Planet Earth is blue And there's nothing left to do
Though I've flown one hundred thousand miles I'm feeling very still And I think my spaceship knows which way to go Tell my wife I love her very much she knows
Ground Control to Major Tom Your circuit's dead, there's something wrong Can you hear me, Major Tom? Can you hear me, Major Tom? Can you hear me, Major Tom? Can you....
Here am I floating round my tin can Far above the Moon Planet Earth is blue And there's nothing left to do.
Though I've flown one hundred thousand miles I'm feeling very ill And before to long I think it's time to go And commander comes down back to Earth I knows
As he prepares to return to Earth, the commander of the International Space Station, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, performed his own version of David Bowie's Space Oddity. Why is this news? The astronaut turned pop singer is possibly the coolest guy in outer space and this video proves it.
Hadfield, the first Canadian to command the ISS, had the help of staff at the Canadian Space Agency and others to produce the video. Talented guy. All this while dealing with a serious ammonia leak that threatened the space station. In a bizarre twist of fate, he could have fulfilled the dark ending of Bowies original song.
Space Oddity is a song written and performed by David Bowie and first released in 1969. It is about the flight mission of Major Tom, a fictional astronaut. The title alludes to the film 2001: A Space Odyssey. The lyrics also lampoon the failed British space program.
The song was awarded the 1969 Ivor Novello Award, together with Peter Sarstedt's Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)?Space Oddity became so well known that Bowie's second album, originally released as David Bowie in the UK (like his first album), was renamed after the track for its 1972 reissue by RCA Records, and has since become known by this name.
Bowie would later revisit his Major Tom character in the songs Ashes to Ashes and Hallo Spaceboy. German singer Peter Schilling's 1983 hit "Major Tom (Coming Home)" is written as a retelling of the song.