Along with Canadian Commander Chris Hadfield's long list of incredible accomplishments while commanding the International Space Station, he lamented having to bid farewell to his post with the most incredible music video that I have ever seen (view below)... A reworked version of Bowie's classic "Space Oddity"
The video (with no special effects needed), vocals and guitar were actually recorded in space, then other instruments were added and mixed on Earth with the help of Canada's space agency and NASA, then posted on YouTube.
I challenge you to watch this only once!
I couldn't help laughing at the line "I'm floating in a most peculiar way" as he pulls his feet out from underneath himself.
I found myself tearing up as he swiftly chased across the station in midair after that acoustic guitar (which has been on board for more than 10 years.)
I thrilled as he strummed and twirled in zero G doing tricks with it that earth-bound guitarists could only dream of.
I gasped at the echoes behind "Can you hear me Major Tom?"
David Bowie tweeted that he loved it after cooperating with the reworking of his 1969 masterpiece!
The views of Earth through the station's windows are breath-taking.
Click the image below to play the video... I STRONGLY recommend a good set of headphones and click the [ ] full screen command and kick up the screen resolution as far as your internet connection will allow! (hit escape afterward to return here and read of his accomplishments below)
Hadfield is the recipient of numerous awards and special honors. These include appointment to the Order of Ontario in 1996 and receipt of the Meritorious Service Cross and Vanier Award in 2001, NASA Exceptional Service Medal in 2002, and the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal in 2003. In 1988, Hadfield was granted the Liethen-Tittle Award (top pilot graduate of the USAF Test Pilot School) and was named US Navy Test Pilot of the Year in 1991.
He was inducted into Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame in 2005 and Commemorated on Royal Canadian Mint silver and gold coins for his spacewalk to install Canadarm2 on the International Space Station in 2001. Further, the Royal Military College granted Hadfield an honorary Doctorate of Engineering in 1996 and he was presented with an honorary Doctorate of Laws from Trent University three years later. Upon his taking command of the International Space Station, Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, sent Hadfield a personal message of congratulations, stating "I am pleased to transmit my personal best wishes, and those of all Canadians, to Colonel Christopher Hadfield as he takes command of the International Space Station..."
His affiliations include the membership in the Royal Military College Club, Society of Experimental Test Pilots, and Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute and serving as honorary patron of Lambton College, former trustee of Lakefield College School, board member of the International Space School Foundation, and executive with the Association of Space Explorers.
In Sarnia, the city airport was renamed to Sarnia Chris Hadfield Airport in 1997 and a public school was named after Hadfield. Chris Hadfield Public School, in Milton, Ontario, is part of the Halton District School Board.