One of the “Changes” artist’s best-known numbers, “Space Oddity,” got a new lease on life this weekend when Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, who just ended a stint aboard the International Space Station, released his own music video for the song from 240 miles above the earth’s atmosphere.
In the video, Hadfield, the International Space Station’s first Canadian commander, strums on his guitar while gazing out the station’s windows into the cosmos. As of press time, the video has received nearly three million views on YouTube.
Hadfield’s version is not exactly identical to the original, however. He was able to obtain Bowie’s approval to tweak one of the lyrics to reflect his return from the space station Monday. ”Lock your Soyuz hatch and put your helmet on,” Hadfield sings as the replacement lyric as he parachutes back to earth.
In fact, Bowie loved the remake so much he tweeted to all 171,000 of his followers.
CHRIS HADFIELD SINGS SPACE ODDITY IN SPACE!“Hallo Spaceboy...”Commander Chris Hadfield, currently on... fb.me/24sZNW5ly— David Bowie Official (@DavidBowieReal) May 12, 2013
This is not the first social media message Hadfield has sent from the ISS, either. Previously, Hadfield posted thousands of pictures on his Twitter account, @cmdr_hadfield, preformed the first original song recorded on the space station, and unveiled Canada’s new $5 bill.
Watch Chris Hadfield’s “Space Oddity” below.