Space Odd­i­ty, David Bowie’s endur­ing, sad and won­der­ful song, immor­talised on video by astro­naut Com­man­der Chris Had­field, is to be removed from the inter­net tonight.

There is every chance it will re-emerge here and there, but it may be dif­fi­cult to find – at present, who knows. There was an agree­ment with David Bowie that it should only be avail­able for one year and then be pulled, forever.


Chris Had­field is enter­tain­ing and eru­dite. The Cana­di­an com­man­der has not only spent many years as an astro­naut, but is also a tal­ent­ed pho­tog­ra­ph­er (of space, nat­u­ral­ly!) – check out his book Post­cards from Space (and also An Astro­naut’s Guide to Life). He is also a very tal­ent­ed musi­cian, plays sev­er­al instru­ments, plus, of course, he sings. Play­ing gui­tar in the Inte­na­tion­al Space Sta­tion (ISS) was­n’t an easy expe­ri­ence, involv­ing the use of a col­lapsi­ble gui­tar which is now in the Muse­um of Avi­a­tion and Space.

Chris Hadfield video

Here it is, for one last moment of enjoy­ment. But who knows how much longer it will remain…



UPDATE: Per­mis­sion is being sought to bring back the video

One thought on “Nearly gone… Bowie’s Space Oddity video by Chris Hadfield to be wiped from the internet

  1. Thanks for post­ing this – bril­liant to hear his ver­sion again. The man is a genius!

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