Sunday Evening Music: “Space Oddity”—From Space

This probably ranks up there in things that had to be done eventually. Canadian space cadet Chris Hadfield, floating in a tin can, faaaar above the world, gives us his styling of Bowie’s 1969 megahit, backed by a fabulous invisible cheesy celestial rock orchestra.

This raises a few questions, like: What sort of payload snafu lets him cart a grand piano up there, but not a Stylophone? And is it an astronaut’s discipline that doesn’t allow him to break “the rules” and go thumb-over for the barre chords in the C-F-G-A guitar bridge, which would have totally nailed it? And would it have killed the budget to let the poor guy take along a guitar strap?

More: Hadfield’s so hip, he has his own Tumblr, which has half a gazillion cool pics. Sample:


Moonset, one of 16 per day on ISS, all marvelous to see.

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In space, you don’t need a guitar strap.

What Fred said, and that’s the truly devastating part, that guitar is weightless!

Call me oldfashioned, but it makes me nervous seeing a $1,800 Larrivée Parlor guitar that reportedly cost $100,000 to get up there hurtling toward a wall.

I always love seeing the thin blue mist of our atmosphere from high orbit - it works for me. 

I understand that the space station has really dry air, so I hope they let him bring a humidifier for the guitar case.  Bad things happen to delicate wood instruments in dry air: I live in Colorado, and I am really (and unfortunately) aware of this….

Apparently, the guitar’s been up there since 2001 (article here—dodge the infernal autoplay vid if you can—one of a pair, total cost $1,800, so I guess it really only cost $900 [math], but NASA seemed concerned to have a twin so they “knew what was up there,” so if it got børked, I suppose they’d have to buy two more). Perhaps it serves a dual purpose and ekes out survival by soaking up all the sneeze droplets and other bodily effusions.

I live in Scotland. Rot is more of a problem than desiccation.

Man, Commander Hadfield is nerdy-cool and cool-cool at the same time.

Soon they will have enough material to release a space station album.

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