Chris Hadfield’s Space Oddity

Posted on January 11, 2017 by Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

Sometimes, we need a reminder of how truly remarkable the world we live in can be!

How about taking a moment to remember and celebrate one a marvel of modern culture. It’s not a painting, or an invention, or a medical device, it’s a humble YouTube video. Okay, okay, it’s not that humble.

Image: Chris Hadfield on a space walk
Source: NASA

In 2013, the world was jarred into an almost unanimously shared state of awe after Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield posted a cover of the classic David Bowie song “Space Oddity.”

Yesterday was the one-year anniversary of David Bowie’s passing, and we thought this might be a good opportunity to celebrate Hadfield’s remarkable video here on EWC.

Whether or not you have seen it before it is truly a delight to watch every time…

Take a moment to think about all of the pieces of culture this music video celebrates. Chris Hadfield is playing a song by one of the most influential performers of the 20th-century while circling the Earth in one of humanity’s most remarkable feats of engineering, science, and diplomacy. Not to mention, this video has been viewed over 33 million times on a platform that has helped revolutionize the way we use the internet.

There is so much to celebrate here!

The Story Behind It All…

I want to share one more video with you today, an interview with Chris Hadfield for NOVA’s Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers. It’s a beautiful look at the story behind the song and its legacy…

How incredible is it that the creative endeavors of humanity are now, literally, reaching for the stars?

Above us, we not only have a space station, but it is home to astronauts who are taking culture, art, and science beyond the planet. In our boundless spirit of expedition we are planning trips to Mars, sending probes out into the solar system, and peering deep into space and time. There are boundless reasons here on Earth to prove it’s still an amazing world, but I have to say, space holds it’s own remarkable charms.

So, I hope you enjoyed this little celebration! There is plenty more to celebrate out there, all we have to do is look!

Stay beautiful & keep laughing!



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