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Chris Hadfield's Viral 'Space Oddity' Music Video Nears 7 Million YouTube Views (VIDEO)

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood May 14, 2013 at 2:56PM

Ground control to Majorly Cool. Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield's "Space Oddity" viral music video and David Bowie cover, which he video-recorded and sung from space and synced with music recorded by friends on Earth, is now approaching seven million views on YouTube.
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Chris Hadfield in his "Space Oddity" video
Chris Hadfield in his "Space Oddity" video

Ground control to Majorly Cool. Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield's "Space Oddity" viral music video and David Bowie cover, which he video-recorded and sung from space and synced with music recorded by friends on Earth, is now approaching seven million views on YouTube.

The video took months to complete, and included receiving Bowie's permission to tweak lyrics that reflected Hadfield's return from space via a Russian Soyuz craft. Hadfield has made himself a social media superstar with his creative projects from space: Over the past five months in his orbital tour, he has sent thousands of Twitter pics (his account is now almost a million followers strong), performed an original song he wrote, unveiled Canada's new $5 bill, and had a Twitter chat with William Shatner (watch below). 

Here is Hadfield's "Space Odyssey" video. It's skin-tinglingly cool:

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.