Throughout his five and a half months in space, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has made it a personal missive to give people a behind-the-scenes look at life in orbit through postings and photographs on Twitter and other social media sites.
For his finale, however, Hadfield, with help from his son and other collaborators, broke into the virtual big screen, with a poignant music video rendering of David Bowie’s iconic “Space Oddity.”
Taking on the roles of Ground Control and Major Tom, Hadfield croons about blue Earth’s beauty and the upcoming end of his space mission.
He and two crewmates are now aboard a Russian Soyuz capsule that is scheduled to depart the International Space Station Monday evening and parachute back to the planet at 10:31 p.m. EDT.
On Sunday, Hadfield, the first Canadian to command the station, turned over the helm to Russian cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov, who will remain aboard the outpost with two other crewmates after Hadfield, NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn and cosmonaut Roman Romanenko return to Earth.
“It’s just been an extremely fulfilling and amazing experience,” Hadfield radioed to flight controllers on Monday.
His “Space Oddity” video, already has been viewed 1.9 million times since it was uploaded onto YouTube less than a day ago.
Hadfield is an accomplished singer and guitarist. When he’s not in orbit, he is the lead vocalist and bass guitar player for Max Q, an all-astronaut rock band based in Houston.