There’s no argument: One of the best things that ever happened to the internet was Col Chris Hadfield‘s version of David Bowie‘s Space Oddity.
After it was originally recorded on the International Space Station (ISS) and posted to the YouTube, the internet pretty much went crazy with love of both the song and Canada’s favourite astronaut. The video crisscrossed the globe and ended up being seen more than 23 million times. But, earlier this year, because it’s copyright licence had expired, the video was abruptly taken down.
We learned a painful lesson that day: We’ll always be subjected to Justin Bieber videos, but the same could not be same for Hadfield’s brilliant Bowie tribute.
Or so we thought.
Today, Chris Hadfield announced that after some complicated negotiations, the video has been re-posted and this time we have it for two whole years!
Chris posted this on his blog:
“We’re proud to have helped bring Bowie’s genius from 1969 into space itself in 2013, and now ever-forward. Special thanks to Onward Music Ltd, to the Canadian Space Agency and NASA, to musicians Emm Gryner and Joe Corcoran, to videographer Andrew Tidby, to my son Evan, and mostly to Mr. David Bowie himself. For the countless others who have helped work to bring about a new era of exploration, the art of it sings to us all.”
So let’s just all stop what we’re doing and watch the video that we thought we had lost forever. It’s honestly an amazing video, especially considering it was filmed in space.
Welcome back Space Oddity, we missed you!