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Astronaut Chris Hadfield Performs Space Oddity On the ISS

samzenpus posted about a year and a half ago | from the in-space-nobody-can-hear-you-sing dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "With updated lyrics, commander of expedition 35 on the International Space Station, Chris Hadfield, sings Space Oddity on board the ISS. He's not Bowie, but he's pretty good."

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Mission Accomplished (5, Insightful)

earlzdotnet (2788729) | about a year and a half ago | (#43706295)

That is all.

Re:Mission Accomplished (5, Insightful)

DavidClarkeHR (2769805) | about a year and a half ago | (#43706545)

He's not Bowie, but he's pretty good.

And, you know, he's actually in space.

Re:Mission Accomplished (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43706721)

He's not Bowie, but he's pretty good.

And, you know, he's actually in space.

And Bowie wasn't?

Re:Mission Accomplished (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43707103)

good pick up! :D

Re:Mission Accomplished (1)

bratwiz (635601) | about a year and a half ago | (#43707297)

Predictable :-)

Re:Mission Accomplished (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43706789)

Nicely edited and well produced preproduction--obviously with sound in particular; this communist disregard for copyright law has been reported to DMCA Takedown.

Re:Mission Accomplished (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43707697)

Yep. That fact alone gave me goosebumps. If he had recorded this in his house on earth, I would have watched it and just shrugged.

Really? (-1, Troll)

gagol (583737) | about a year and a half ago | (#43706303)

This would be ok on TMZ... someone beat the editor!

Re: Really? (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43706371)

Shut up, retard.

Re:Really? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43706523)

You are an idiot. The man is making space (geeky) real (taxpayers). Space is the future. Anyone with an actual personality is welcome up there. This is my new favorite astronaut. Neil Armstrong step aside. We need to get back. Did you see his other 50+ educational videos?

Re:Really? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43706653)

How is space the future? The future of what? It's an empty radiation-blasted hell. It's good place to put satellites. That's it. Space is the past, the Space Age is as dead as bell bottom pants and the three martini lunch.

Space (4, Interesting)

gd2shoe (747932) | about a year and a half ago | (#43706861)

I disagree.

America may have forgotten about the drive to build, explore, settle, create, but humanity hasn't. Space isn't sour grapes. It's hard, and settling it is going to be a lot harder. But it will happen.

Re:Really? (3, Insightful)

AaronLS (1804210) | about a year and a half ago | (#43707399)

I'm sure someone has been just as narrow sighted before... "How is the America the future? The future of what? It's an empty savage infested hell. It's good place to send those who disagree with our religious beliefs. That's it. America is the past, the Columbus Age is as dead as polytheism."

Re: Really? (1)

grub (11606) | about a year and a half ago | (#43707495)

The three martini lunch is dead?

Re:Really? (1)

c0lo (1497653) | about a year and a half ago | (#43707375)

This would be ok on TMZ... someone beat the editor!

What? The fact that the guy should better die on ISS or else face the RIAA/BPI [wikipedia.org] suit for unlicensed public performance (no matter David Bowie's prediction [forbes.com] ) isn't interesting enough for /.?

(grin)

Ashes to Ashes (4, Informative)

Bing Tsher E (943915) | about a year and a half ago | (#43706317)

That seems like such a weird song to sing up there sitting in a tin can.

Bowie sorta updated the matter on Scary Monsters anyway.

ashes to ashes funk to funky [lyricsdepot.com]
we know major tom's a junky
strung out on heaven's high
hitting an all time low

Re:Ashes to Ashes (1)

hutsell (1228828) | about a year and a half ago | (#43707357)

That seems like such a weird song to sing up there sitting in a tin can.

Bowie sorta updated the matter on Scary Monsters anyway.

ashes to ashes funk to funky [lyricsdepot.com] we know major tom's a junky strung out on heaven's high hitting an all time low

A fwiw comment about the original song: I knew it had come out decades ago, but was surprised to discover (after checking Wikipedia) it was Bowie's breakthrough and first commercial success, hitting the top 5 in the U.K. when it was released on July 11th, 1969 -- for myself, a date close enough to the Apollo 11's moon landing to making it interestingly appropriate.

Viral Marketing by NASA (1, Interesting)

anthony_greer (2623521) | about a year and a half ago | (#43706321)

This is very cool but it is so well done that it looks less like one guys space video and more like a viral marketing effort from NASA...

Im ok with it because NASA needs to do whatever it can to recapture Americas attention and imagination and thus maybe we can get public support to make space a priority as it should have always remained.

Re:Viral Marketing by NASA (4, Informative)

yincrash (854885) | about a year and a half ago | (#43706339)

Chris Hadfield is a Canadian (working for the CSA). I'm sure that Chris would like more people to want to go in to space and become scientists, etc. If you look at his previous videos though, I would say this is pretty in line with the other stuff he's done (just with more effort in to it).

Re:Viral Marketing by NASA (4, Informative)

yincrash (854885) | about a year and a half ago | (#43706345)

Additionally, this is the person [twitter.com] in the credits who edited it, also a Canadian, and doesn't work for any space agency. Let's try not to think everything is a conspiracy, please.

Re:Viral Marketing by NASA (4, Funny)

DavidClarkeHR (2769805) | about a year and a half ago | (#43706551)

Additionally, this is the person [twitter.com] in the credits who edited it, also a Canadian, and doesn't work for any space agency. Let's try not to think everything is a conspiracy, please.

The only conspiracy coming from up here (canada) is a push for more maple syrup for breakfast, and bacon in every meal. We're winning on one of those fronts.

Re:Viral Marketing by NASA (1)

Cwix (1671282) | about a year and a half ago | (#43706621)

If you are winning on bacon at every meal, I will be moving there asap. The maple syrup conspiracy will not be looked down upon either lol

Re:Viral Marketing by NASA (4, Funny)

H0p313ss (811249) | about a year and a half ago | (#43706645)

Additionally, this is the person [twitter.com] in the credits who edited it, also a Canadian, and doesn't work for any space agency. Let's try not to think everything is a conspiracy, please.

The only conspiracy coming from up here (canada) is a push for more maple syrup for breakfast, and bacon in every meal. We're winning on one of those fronts.

Let's not forget about operation Poutine.

Re:Viral Marketing by NASA (1)

AaronLS (1804210) | about a year and a half ago | (#43707415)

I'm certain the theft of your syrup reserve was a conspiracy to send the Canadian nation into turmoil. (j/k in case anyone thinks I'm serious)

Re:Viral Marketing by NASA (1)

Anarchduke (1551707) | about a year and a half ago | (#43706623)

By claiming there is no conspiracy, you prove to those who believe in the conspiracy that you are part of the conspiracy.

Re:Viral Marketing by NASA (1)

Samantha Wright (1324923) | about a year and a half ago | (#43706815)

Well, it does kinda have a giant CSA logo in the corner, complete with awkward bilingual domain name. I'd like to think that at least implies some endorsement, yes?

Re:Viral Marketing by NASA (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43706891)

There is a conspiracy. I'll bet that he got a fat check from Warner Bros. They just released the trailer 3 days ago for the film Gravity about an astronaut being thrown into space after the ISS disintegrates, and this CSA astronaut happens to play the most appropriate song for that while on the actual ISS?

It is either a conspiracy or a coincidence. But the former is more fun!

Re:Viral Marketing by NASA (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43706467)

Bravo Captain. Safe landing.

Um... (5, Insightful)

daveschroeder (516195) | about a year and a half ago | (#43706343)

...he's Canadian.

And stop being so cynical. Sometimes stuff can be cool without being "viral marketing".

Re:Viral Marketing by NASA (4, Interesting)

Demonantis (1340557) | about a year and a half ago | (#43706807)

I am a Canadian and have seen Chris Hadfield at several presentation. He didn't market anything other than promoting people to pick up an interest in science. I think the high quality video/data transmission capability is something NASA is really proud of technically and they are trying to come up with reasons to show it off. And I agree its really sad that America has forgot how much research and technology NASA has spit out and how much more it could spit out.

Re:Viral Marketing by NASA (1)

bratwiz (635601) | about a year and a half ago | (#43707301)

Maybe we could petition NASA to send David Bowie to the Space Station...

Lens Flare (5, Funny)

yincrash (854885) | about a year and a half ago | (#43706327)

Who knew that having that many lens flares was true to life?!

Re:Lens Flare (5, Funny)

sconeu (64226) | about a year and a half ago | (#43706657)

JJ Abrams?

Space oddity (3, Insightful)

Clived (106409) | about a year and a half ago | (#43706355)

Attaboy Chris

you sounded great, A Canadian space rock and roller.Hey, if you ever wanted to try your hand at karaoke .. we are at the Wally, Donlands and OConnor in Toronto.

*grin* and have a safe trip back

Safe return (1)

Dan East (318230) | about a year and a half ago | (#43706385)

Here's to a safe return journey back to earth tomorrow.

Great footage too (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43706407)

I know the ISS isn't considered a glamorous undertaking like a mars trip would be, but damn it is one impressive piece of hardware, and the most advanced thing we've built in space to date.

Re:Great footage too (1)

hawguy (1600213) | about a year and a half ago | (#43706477)

I know the ISS isn't considered a glamorous undertaking like a mars trip would be, but damn it is one impressive piece of hardware, and the most advanced thing we've built in space to date.

Is it really that much more impressive than Skylab, which launched 40 years ago? Skylab had a pressurized volume of 320 m^2 versus 837 m^2 of the ISS today - not even 3 times larger, despite launching nearly 30 years later. You'd think that in 40 years we could have something in space that's more impressive. The Curiosity Rover seems much more impressive in comparison than a tin can that orbits 250 miles above the earth.

Re:Great footage too (5, Informative)

ldobehardcore (1738858) | about a year and a half ago | (#43706833)

Skylab was never really meant to be a long-term satellite. It spent 2,249 and only 171 of those were spent occupied. In comparison, the ISS has been in orbit for 5288 days, 4575 of them occupied. So I'd say ISS is over twice as kickass, and over 25 times as habitable as skylab.

Re:Great footage too (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43706937)

Yep, it makes it seem pretty fucking stupid that we used 37 Space Shuttle missions with a 25 tonne payload capacity to build and supply this space station when it could have been built simpler with a couple of Saturn Vs.

The lesson here is that heavy lifting capability is how you win in space, not super fancy flying trucks. It probably would have been cheaper to build an ISS in orbit and another spare orbiting the Moon with heavy lift rockets than to go the piecemeal way that we did.

Re:Great footage too (2)

bickerdyke (670000) | about a year and a half ago | (#43707501)

*Impressive* would rather be a description of the Mir. Having a space station that consists 98% out of duck tape and paper clips, build around a actual former space station that broke down is pretty impressive....

Pretty Awesome (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43706421)

Hey great song and performed extremely well. I haven't followed the goings on at the ISS but this has certainly raised its profile with me; nice down-to-earth touch. Safe landing.

If this is what we currently have on our task list (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43706431)

... then we need to shut down this thing NOW! We seriously have NOTHING BETTER TO DO WITH BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF TREASURE than to record a music video? This is rediculous. Let's turn off the lights, lock the door on the way out and save that money for something more important. Don't give me this "national pride" or "scientific discover" B.S. If that stuff needs to get done, then F'ing do it and don't waste time singing in space. This is probably the most collossal waste of resources imaginable. How many resources were needed to scrub the air necessary for the singing? When you are in space, that stuff matters, A LOT! The first take wasn't the last take, that I know. Don't give me the "get kids into science" schtick either. Kids who are swayed by silly things like this, statistically don't end up any good at the math needed for real science anyway. I teach our "future engineers" in a top state university. Most can't even solve a triangle, let alone deal with any higher math. If you are swayed by this commercial, you don't have the chops to stick with an engineering career.

Re:If this is what we currently have on our task l (4, Insightful)

The Bad Astronomer (563217) | about a year and a half ago | (#43706515)

"National pride"? He's Canadian, you know. Which nation do you mean? Do you also know they don't work 24 hours per day? And on their off time, ISS astronauts still breathe? Of course, he did use up a lot of electrons saving the files and transmitting them to Earth, so I'll make sure NASA or the CSA reimburses you per Coulomb.

Re:If this is what we currently have on our task l (4, Insightful)

hawguy (1600213) | about a year and a half ago | (#43706567)

... then we need to shut down this thing NOW! We seriously have NOTHING BETTER TO DO WITH BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF TREASURE than to record a music video? This is rediculous. Let's turn off the lights, lock the door on the way out and save that money for something more important. Don't give me this "national pride" or "scientific discover" B.S. If that stuff needs to get done, then F'ing do it and don't waste time singing in space. This is probably the most collossal waste of resources imaginable. How many resources were needed to scrub the air necessary for the singing? When you are in space, that stuff matters, A LOT! The first take wasn't the last take, that I know. Don't give me the "get kids into science" schtick either. Kids who are swayed by silly things like this, statistically don't end up any good at the math needed for real science anyway. I teach our "future engineers" in a top state university. Most can't even solve a triangle, let alone deal with any higher math. If you are swayed by this commercial, you don't have the chops to stick with an engineering career.

Humans, even astronauts, need downtime - If you want a human to be effective, then you can't fill 100% of their waking time with work.

Re:If this is what we currently have on our task l (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43706577)

> We seriously have NOTHING BETTER TO DO WITH BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF TREASURE than to record a music video?

Jesus dude, lighten up. If we took your activities performed at university over the course of 3 months, could we find anything that you did for 4 minutes that did not directly benefit the students you are teaching? Would it be fair to make a big spectacle and claim that we should lock the doors to your school and shut it down after giving it "millions of dollars worth of treasure" because you read an email from a loved one, or went to the bathroom, or ate lunch? Science is conducted by humans, and humans need to take a break from time to time. Just chill out already.

> This is probably the most collossal waste of resources imaginable.
Really? This is the most collossal waste of resources imaginable?

Re:If this is what we currently have on our task l (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43706649)

Fuck off and die.
I bet you think Obama is coming for your guns, and that his election was part of a one world order secret plan, amiright?

Re:If this is what we currently have on our task l (3, Insightful)

sconeu (64226) | about a year and a half ago | (#43706675)

On top of everything else, learn how to use a spellchecker. Your spelling of "ridiculous" is ridiculous.

Re:If this is what we currently have on our task l (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43706735)

Billions of dollars of "treasure"? It's a Home Depot backyard shed with some solar panels. We could have done a lot more with those billions right here on Earth. For, you know, actual people, not just A-type test pilots with a checklist of ant farms to feed and Tang to drink.

l'art pour l'art (2)

gman003 (1693318) | about a year and a half ago | (#43706749)

Does everything need to be about money? Can we not do things for the sake of doing them?

Was that not the great driving force behind the space race? We may have done some science on the moon, but it was hardly worth the billions we spent. But it was worth it to go there, simply for the sake of going there.

Space Race (1)

gd2shoe (747932) | about a year and a half ago | (#43706909)

As has been put much more eloquently by others, the space race wasn't about climbing a mountain because it's there. It was about trying to prevent world war 3 (or at least postpone it significantly). As expensive as it was, it was better than all out nuclear war.

It was akin to challenging one's rival to a foot race instead of a boxing match. It was one of the most mature things national governments have ever done. (room remains for improvement)

Re:l'art pour l'art (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43706931)

glad I could pay for this guy to strum a guitar in space, meanwhile I got bills to pay and the house fucking me out of overtime

Re:If this is what we currently have on our task l (2)

seebs (15766) | about a year and a half ago | (#43707209)

Please learn something. About something.

Seriously, the chances are pretty good that if you learn anything about any field of human endeavor, you will find something that is part of a compelling rebuttal to your idiotic screed.

Starting point: Humans cannot productively "work" all of their waking hours. They have to do other things to remain sane and functional. Do you think we should intentionally have the space station be run by, and maintained by, people who are no longer sane and dangerously incompetent from overwork? No?

Then maybe they should relax and goof off sometimes.

Re:If this is what we currently have on our task l (1)

bugnuts (94678) | about a year and a half ago | (#43707619)

Most can't even solve a triangle

Dang. Triangles are a problem?

I'm calling Orkin.

DNFTT

Even better - duet with Barenaked Ladies (3, Interesting)

SuperKendall (25149) | about a year and a half ago | (#43706445)

That was pretty good, but I really liked his joint work with Barenaked Ladies [youtube.com] (he sings there also, even though Ed Roberts does most of the vocals) in a nice tribute to the ISS...

Re: Even better - duet with Barenaked Ladies (1)

shitzu (931108) | about a year and a half ago | (#43706823)

Isn't there a lag in communications?

Not very long delay, station is really close (4, Informative)

SuperKendall (25149) | about a year and a half ago | (#43706971)

Isn't there a lag in communications?

The ISS orbits around 330km - 435 km above the earth (around 230 miles on average). That's less than the width of a single province in Canada!

If you look at various communication delays [spaceacademy.net.au] based on distance, and assume that during the performance the ISS was basically roughly over Canada or even the U.S, you can see that the delay would be substantially less than for most international phone calls! In fact calling from one major city to another in the same country probably has as much delay, and there's no discernible delay to the caller in that case (well if you aren't using Skype).

It just goes to show how there's not much up you have to go before you are in space.

Also one could imagine that if you were "super serious" and kind of nerdy about doing a performance (as both the commander and BNL would be), that you might also set up a synchronized metronome that really did clock off at exactly the same time at the two locations to help the performer on the ISS stay in sync. But I doubt that was needed, and for a performance it's probably far more valuable to be able to riff off how the other performers are playing.

Re:Not very long delay, station is really close (4, Interesting)

FireFury03 (653718) | about a year and a half ago | (#43707339)

Isn't there a lag in communications?

The ISS orbits around 330km - 435 km above the earth (around 230 miles on average). That's less than the width of a single province in Canada!

If you look at various communication delays [spaceacademy.net.au] based on distance, and assume that during the performance the ISS was basically roughly over Canada or even the U.S, you can see that the delay would be substantially less than for most international phone calls!

As far as I can tell, the high bandwidth connections they use for media events are done by bouncing a Ku band signal off geostationary satellites(*), and the delay is significant (watch any of his videos taking questions from school kids and you'll see a noticable communications delay).

(* they don't seem to have global coverage with Ku band, only being able to use it when in range of certain satellites. This surprises me because I would've expected there to be enough geostationary sats for one to be visible from anywhere in orbit and it can't be *that* expensive to buy bandwidth on several.)

Re:Not very long delay, station is really close (1)

bickerdyke (670000) | about a year and a half ago | (#43707527)

Does anyone have an idea why they're doing this? IIRC the distance to geostationary orbit is bigger than the omne to ground, so why waste energy for that long distance stuff?

Re:Even better - duet with Barenaked Ladies (1)

BlueLightning (442320) | about a year and a half ago | (#43707723)

So it's all been done before?

Hefty pricetag (4, Funny)

Spazed (1013981) | about a year and a half ago | (#43706449)

Most expensive music video ever.

Re:Hefty pricetag (1)

Anarchduke (1551707) | about a year and a half ago | (#43706651)

Not even close. Michael Jackson's Scream cost 7 million dollars to produce.

Re:Hefty pricetag (1)

Spazed (1013981) | about a year and a half ago | (#43706677)

You realize this was actually filmed in space. . .

Re:Hefty pricetag (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43706693)

He is suggesting the ISS was put there to make the music video, which would push it as most expensive. But only an idiot would suggest that. Unless of couse its sarcasm, but you can never tell on the internet.

Re:Hefty pricetag (2)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about a year and a half ago | (#43707449)

Unless of couse its sarcasm, but you can never tell on the internet.

Maybe you can't.

Re:Hefty pricetag (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43707487)

Wasn't it? Just because they made use of it and performed a few experiments to make waiting more interesting doesn't annihilate the fact that the ISS's purpose was mainly to perform Space Oddity on location.

Extra credit to Cananda (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43706455)

Doughnuts all around, eh.

Lucky to have him (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43706543)

Always helps to have an interesting character as the public face, and I have certainly been following the news around ISS these last several months. Commander Hadfield, you are one interesting guy, good job, and have a safe trip home.

Imagine How Disappointed Richard Branson Is.... (5, Interesting)

Petersko (564140) | about a year and a half ago | (#43706549)

Bragging rights like "First Music Video in Space" don't come around every day!

Ground Control To Major Fuck UP (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43706557)

Put your Goddam helmet on and take those fucking protein pills up your ass.

Ground Control to Major Fuck UP

~~~~~~~~~~~~

Here ~~~~~~~~~~~ I am floating in my tin can.

Far Far Far above the World ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~.

Planet Earth is Blue and there is nothing I can do.

Chunk ca-chunk ca-chunk ... chunk chunk chunk
Chunk ca-chunk ca-chunk ... chunk chunk chunk

This is Major Fuck UP to Ground Control

I'm schlepping through the Door ~~~ e ooor,
Fart ~~~~~ above der Vorld.

Planet Girth is Zoo and I have a piss to dooOOOOOOOOOoooo,

Chunk ca-chunk ca-chuck ... chuck chunk chunk

Chunk ca-chunk ca-chuck ... chuck chunk chunk

OOOOoooooooOOOOoooooooOOOOOoooooooOOOOO

Did you know that David Bowie wrote the lyrics to commemorate his first homosexual event with his male partner of the time ?

Re:Ground Control To Major Fuck UP (0)

Tablizer (95088) | about a year and a half ago | (#43707097)

Let's punch it up a bit ...floating in my trash can ...planet Earth is blue, without oxy so are you

Though I'm past one hundred thousand miles ...on my warranty
And I think my spaceship knows, so it won't let me take a pee.

next?

Congrats (4, Interesting)

n3r0.m4dski11z (447312) | about a year and a half ago | (#43706687)

This guy's near daily media appearances has certainly inspired many canadians including myself. I have watched many children sing along with his ISS song (not as good as david bowie, but its the thought that counts) and it really inspires. Hopefully helping lots of kids to think about becoming scientists, researchers and yes astronauts. Space can seem so dull sometimes, he really brings it to life.

I may not care for much patriotically these days, but hes really doing canada a service being so media savvy. I am not sure if american astronauts do so much singing, and perhaps its covered extensively by their local media and I just never hear about it. But he really could be one of a kind.

Re:Congrats (4, Informative)

tlhIngan (30335) | about a year and a half ago | (#43707031)

This guy's near daily media appearances has certainly inspired many canadians including myself. I have watched many children sing along with his ISS song (not as good as david bowie, but its the thought that counts) and it really inspires. Hopefully helping lots of kids to think about becoming scientists, researchers and yes astronauts. Space can seem so dull sometimes, he really brings it to life.

I may not care for much patriotically these days, but hes really doing canada a service being so media savvy. I am not sure if american astronauts do so much singing, and perhaps its covered extensively by their local media and I just never hear about it. But he really could be one of a kind.

Before he launched in December, Chris mentioned he was going to do the first album recorded in space, I'm hoping this was just a taste of what's coming.

I have to be honest, I've been watching a LOT of Chris' videos that get posted by the CSA (Canadian Space Agency) (an agency facing budget cuts from the Harper Government(tm)). I don't think I've seen anyone from the ISS do so much media relations in their off time.

I know a few other commanders have done media work - Don Pettit did some as well. With the American Physical Society (any physics major should know them) he did a bunch of videos called "Science off the Sphere" (which I apparently finally got my T-Shirt from that).

Chris is definitely very media friendly and has hosted a LOT Of media events while aboard - he even keeps in touch with Discovery Canada's Daily Planet [discovery.ca] , the longest running science program around. Honestly, Chris Hadfield is awesome!

Safe journey home - your country eagerly awaits your arrival!

(Alas, Canada's first astronaut was snubbed recently... [www.cbc.ca] )

Re:Congrats (2)

FireFury03 (653718) | about a year and a half ago | (#43707369)

I may not care for much patriotically these days, but hes really doing canada a service being so media savvy.

He's doing the *world* a service. His regular youtube videos have been excellent; but more than that, his regular facebook posts really bring it home to you that this stuff is happening right now all the time. And he's not just followed by Canadians - no other astronaut from any nation has engaged with the public as much as he has. I'm hoping we see more of this from other astronauts.

(My) definitive version (1, Interesting)

gman003 (1693318) | about a year and a half ago | (#43706707)

In an odd little coincidence, the first time I ever listened to the original version of this song was yesterday. What can I say, I don't listen to much music, not from that era (yes, yes, I'll get off your damn lawn now, old man).

I have now listened to the Commander Hadfield version more times than the original. And, while Bowie is undoubtedly more musically talented, there's something about Hadfield's version that makes it seem more... emotional? Real? Something like that. Whatever the reason is, I prefer it over the original.

Hello Space Boy (1)

G3ckoG33k (647276) | about a year and a half ago | (#43706775)

That was brilliant.

Thanks

Re:Hello Space Boy (it's "Hallo space boy ...") (1)

nocloo (82496) | about a year and a half ago | (#43706829)

It's "Hallo space boy ..." From the man himself
https://twitter.com/DavidBowieReal

pfft (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43706799)

Spacefaring just hit an all-time low.

Step over Neil Armstrong? For shame, the guy had quotes that will echo throughout history

'one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind'

and

'Houston, ah,Tranquility base here, the Eagle has landed'

just to name two.

The guy actually did something history will remember and he did it with dignity, grace and humility.

Something about this just seems cheesy and prone to being forgotten. YMMV.

Re:pfft (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43706843)

actually I take that back.

It was really pretty good. He looks so at home up there in micro-g.

Astronaut Chis Hadfield Performs Space Oddity (1)

ma1wrbu5tr (1066262) | about a year and a half ago | (#43706919)

There I thought I was gonna see a sword swallowed or a nail into a sinus cavity..in SPACE! This folk music is no Oddity!

"Astronaut Chris Hadfiled Performs the Song Space Oddity"...FTFY

Re:Astronaut Chis Hadfield Performs Space Oddity (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43706991)

No doubt, that would be a better title. However, an algorithm decided that omitting that one word would draw in more traffic as people like you and I had strange thoughts evoked by this one. Isn't technology great?

Lyrics (2)

XNormal (8617) | about a year and a half ago | (#43706953)

Ground control to Major Tom! Your ammonia leaks, there's something wrong. Can you hear me Major Tom?

Never liked Bowie's performance of this song (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43706979)

This is best performance of this song, I have ever heard
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVT0RYEfLH8

Viral marketing? FINALLY!!! (3, Interesting)

Damon Campagna (585348) | about a year and a half ago | (#43706983)

Commander Hadfield is the most well known astronaut since Sally Ride -- and with this, he'll be right up there with Neil Armstrong. If this is viral marketing, then THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT THE SPACE PROGRAM NEEDS! Fun, excitement, exquisite beauty -- that's what Hadfield has been beaming back to Earth for the last five months. I've been following his facebook posts for the last couple months and I was genuinely concerned about the ammonia leak this week and his spacewalk, and so were millions of other people. How many "fans" will watch his live prime-time EDT re-entry tomorrow night after watching this video tonight? How many even bothered to watch the final Shuttle landing? This guy is a bona fide star and we who care about space exploration should be embracing him.

Guitar playing (1)

lolococo (574827) | about a year and a half ago | (#43706987)

I'm not a big fan of Bowie but I still think this was very impressive and inspiring.
I'm wondering how hard it was for him to play guitar in the absence of gravity? I'll bet he had to anchor himself pretty solidly somehow ...

Re:Guitar playing (4, Interesting)

tbird81 (946205) | about a year and a half ago | (#43707175)

Here's the video of him talking about playing the guitar in space.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLRunqi1mDM [youtube.com]

Advantage is that you don't need a guitar strap, disadvantage is that you float around if you'd not holding something with your feet. Also tend to mis-fret when first in space.

You can see the velcro on it in the Bowie song, but i think that is more for stowage than use.

Not the only oddity. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43706999)

Capitalism is the menace that keeps the Western World living in abject poverty. It is the boogeyman that children are afraid of. It created the crime in the USA. The only true path to freedom is by breaking the 7 walls and returning to the 11th planet. By synchronizing your time displacement and putting all of yourself in the 6th dimension, you can truly fight against what people think is Capitalism. Join me in the great fight.

The code phrase is "Ancfglypwrxvy". Remember to stare at Vega (at 11:30 pm EST on May 14) while repeating this, over and over. And think about how you and everyone else doing this will bring down Capitalism with your collective will. You can cause change in the world by praying for it. On May 15, stare at Arcturus at 10:15 PM EST, and repeat the code phrase "Krantlzvrrtnxl" over and over again. Remember to pray for the end of Capitalism with your collective will while saying the phrase.

With any luck, we can reach through space and time and bring forth something that will end Capitalism forever.

Can we at least spell the astronaut's name right? (4, Informative)

cmason (53054) | about a year and a half ago | (#43707001)

I mean, in the title. Really? The dude's in space. I think the least we can do for him is not space out on the spelling of his name.

What?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43707043)

For a moment there, I was wondering what kind of oddity he performed in space...

Something really usefull for Earth (1)

Max_W (812974) | about a year and a half ago | (#43707377)

It is clear by now that the space is extremely hostile environment for biological systems.

A robotized HD high-speed telescope-digital camera on the surface of the moon could provide nearly real time imagery of the whole Earth surface. It could be very useful for mapping Earth.

Satellite imagery is spotty. Satellites have unstable orbits. They contribute to the space junk issue.

Good maps of Earth can do a lot, a lot of good to our planet, - to reduce traffic pollution, to fight fires more effectively, and so on and so forth.

Robots are smaller than humans. They do not require tanks of oxygen. So the smaller more ecological rockets can be used.

Re:Something really usefull for Earth (1)

Max_W (812974) | about a year and a half ago | (#43707467)

I mean we use daily maps which are built on satellite imagery 3 - 5 years old. And even this is only in large cities and in industrial countries.

Since the orbit of satellites are unstable the imagery is hard to connect with geographical coordinates precisely.

I do not think humanity can live in space. We on Earth are protected from deadly radiation by the massive iron-nickel rotating planet's kernel.

So let us place the HD telescope-digital camera on the surface of the Moon and direct it not to the remote stars, but the the Earth for a change.

Re:Something really usefull for Earth (1)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about a year and a half ago | (#43707469)

And if all we ever wanted was pretty pictures of the Earth, we'd leave it to the satellites. But that's not what the ISS is for, is it?

Satellite imagery is spotty. Satellites have unstable orbits. They contribute to the space junk issue.

"Spotty"? What does that mean? Also satellites do have the slight advantage of being 2000 times closer.

Robots are smaller than humans.

Except for the ones which are bigger.

Re:Something really usefull for Earth (1)

Max_W (812974) | about a year and a half ago | (#43707653)

It means that satellite imagery of more or less good quality exists only for areas where there are a lot of well-to-do users, but not for, say, small towns in remote parts.

Robots can be miniaturized even further. Humans can not.

Re:Something really usefull for Earth (1)

Max_W (812974) | about a year and a half ago | (#43707677)

The distance is not the problem. There are telescopes already which make photos of planets around other stars.

The problem, however, is the clouds and fog. But the telescope-HD camera can make photos of Earth at the areas where the air is clear on that day.

Re:Something really usefull for Earth (1)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about a year and a half ago | (#43707471)

Oh, also this:

A robotized HD high-speed telescope-digital camera on the surface of the moon could provide nearly real time imagery of the whole Earth surface. It could be very useful for mapping Earth.

No. It'd be imagery of half the surface, and you wouldn't be able to look at the other half until two weeks later.

Re:Something really usefull for Earth (1)

Max_W (812974) | about a year and a half ago | (#43707665)

To weeks... I work now on a map of the town with a satellite imagery from 2010. And besides it is offset by about 100 meters at some spots.

Two weeks is fine. Even two months is not that bad.

Surprise NASA didn't force him to return (0)

WOOFYGOOFY (1334993) | about a year and a half ago | (#43707409)

Please. Institutions are about as humorless and paranoid as it gets. I am surprised the mental health professionals at NASA didn't read the lyrics to that song and conclude that they had to remotely put this guy down.

Re:Surprise NASA didn't force him to return (1)

pthisis (27352) | about a year and a half ago | (#43707587)

Please. Institutions are about as humorless and paranoid as it gets. I am surprised the mental health professionals at NASA didn't read the lyrics to that song and conclude that they had to remotely put this guy down.

His version has very bland, sanitized lyrics. There's no "tell my wife I love her very much", no circuit's dead, no "planet earth is blue and there's nothing I can do", basically none of the lyrics that make the original both great and depressing.

It's definitely cool given the circumstances and I'm all about any boost it may give to space exploration, but it's pretty soulless compared to the original, with none of the existential loneliness of the original (probably for exactly the reason you imply).

Re:Surprise NASA didn't force him to return (2)

Sun (104778) | about a year and a half ago | (#43707681)

To be fair, had I been in his position, I wouldn't want to sing those parts of the song too.

He had other lyrics, about his mission being close to over, which I believe were written specifically for him.

Shachar

Get back to me... (1)

elvstone (86513) | about a year and a half ago | (#43707431)

...with a version of "Life on Mars?" and we'll talk.

Pretty good? That's all? (2)

Begemot (38841) | about a year and a half ago | (#43707465)

He's not Bowie, but he's pretty good

OMG, you guys are a very tough crowd. To me he sang perfectly well!

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