In case you were living in a cave this last year and missed it, Colonel Chris Hadfield, former Commander of the International Space Station, who was a well-known internet celebrity and utilized social media to draw attention to space exploration, made a cover of “Space Oddity” and posted it on YouTube, with permission from David Bowie’s People.
Unfortunately, that permission was only for one year. Today is the last day to view this spectacular video, unless a change is made. So take five minutes and enjoy it while you can.
As Colonel Hadfield detailed in a recent Reddit post:
Hello again reddit!
It has been a year since my son and I created and released the Space Oddity video . We have been amazed and delighted that so many people enjoyed it – and maybe saw what spaceflight can really be like. It helped show that humans have left Earth, and that the Space Station is a new stage, for not just science and exploration, but for our art and music too. With exploration comes insight – with perspective comes self-realization.
We had permission from David Bowie’s people to post the video on YouTube for a year, and that year is up. We are working on renewing the license for it, but as there are no guarantees when it comes to videos shot in space, we thought you might want to have one last look before we take it down.
Thanks for everything. You’ve all been incredible throughout.
Chris and Evan Hadfield
Edit: Here’s an article that details some of the copyright complications.