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article imageCanadian astronaut Chris Hadfield sings 'Space Oddity' in space

By Marcus Hondro     May 13, 2013 in Technology
After 5 months commanding the International Space Station, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has proven three things: 1) he's a good scientist and spaceman; 2) he's got character and 3) he's also a pretty darn good singer and musician.
That third item, showing his singing and playing ability, was highlighted Sunday when he released a video he made in the ISS of the David Bowie song 'Space Oddity'. Hadfield sings and plays and in response Bowie himself tweeted "CHRIS HADFIELD SINGS SPACE ODDITY IN SPACE! “Hallo Spaceboy...”
Hadfield, credited with playing on an album of his brother Dave Hadfield's, sounds strong on the recording and the camera work shows off the ISS. During the mission, he also sang onboard a song he and Ed Robertson of the Bare Naked Ladies wrote and recorded called 'Is Somebody Singing'. While he sang in the space station, singers across Canada were joined in. He's also been recording an album in space, the first such undertaking in history.
Hadfield to land in Kazakhstan
Hadfield and crew, U.S. astronaut Tom Marshburn and Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko, will depart the space station Monday evening at 7:08 p.m. E.D.T. and begin the complex, and somewhat dangerous, task of getting home to Earth. If all goes well on reentry they should land some 3 plus hours after departing the ISS in the flatland of south-central Kazakhstan.
Since taking command of the ISS in December, in addition to his many duties running the station and conducting research, Hadfield found time for other pursuits. He conducted a question and answer period along with schoolchildren in Canada and the country's prime minister, Steven Harper, and helped launch Canada's new $5 polymer bill.
The 53-year-old has had other 'space' firsts for his country, on a mission in 1995 he became the only Canadian to board the Russian space station, Mir. On the same mission he was the first Canadian to operate the 'Canadarm' while in orbit. In a 2001 mission he walked in space twice, the first from his country to take a spacewalk.
There is a tentative plan for the commander to be a part of a press conference on Thursday in Canada, but that will depend on when he regains his equilibrium and is able to fly back to his home country.
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