Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield’s out-of-this-world cover of ‘Space Oddity’ is back online by popular demand with the approval of David Bowie himself.
Chris Hadfield is a former astronaut who became the first Canadian to walk in space. He flew two space shuttle missions and later would become the first Canadian to command the International Space Station. Hadfield became an international rockstar through his use of social media to provide a window into what life was like aboard the ISS.
On May 12, 2013, shortly before leaving the space station, Chris Hadfield released a music video of his rendition of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” recorded on the ISS. The video went viral, quickly garnering over 23 million views on YouTube. It also made history as the first music video ever to be shot in space. The video was taken offline after the one-year licensing agreement expired.
Despite much dismay online, Hadfield insisted that there was “no rancour” involved in the removal of the video from YouTube. Rather, it was an expected aspect of the legal process. [Read more: How Copyright Works In Space]
Following its removal, Hadfield immediately worked to get permission to make it available online again. In a message posted to Twitter earlier this year, Hadfield said “our Oddity will be back online soon.” True to his word, Hadfield struck an agreement with David Bowie and his publisher to bring the video back online for another two years.
“David Bowie and his publisher had been very gracious,” Chris Hadfield said in a statement posted on his website. “They had allowed his work, his intellectual property, to be made freely available to everyone for a year, and had in fact worked with us and the Canadian Space Agency to make it happen.” David Bowie himself previously described the cover as “possibly the most poignant version of the song ever created.”
Read more about Chris Hadfield’s ‘Space Oddity’ here: http://chrishadfield.ca/space-oddity/