(Yahoo!) - David Bowie's "Space Oddity" has been taken to new heights by a Canadian astronaut. Chris Hadfield has released a video of his rendition of Bowie's 1969 classic as his swan song as he prepares to return to Earth.
It comes as Bowie has been in the news as late with his surprise comeback album, The Next Day, and a trio of stunning and controversial videos. Yet, the chameleon of rock may have been upstaged by a real astronaut, "sitting in a tin can," performing aboard the International Space Station with breathtaking views and thrilling zero-gravity stunts. For example, when Hadfield sings "I'm floating in a most peculiar way," he actually is, armed with an acoustic guitar.
Hadfield debuted the clip in a tweet over the weekend that read, "With deference to the genius of David Bowie, here's Space Oddity, recorded on Station. A last glimpse of the World."
And, Bowie - or at least someone in his camp - is aware of the clip. On his official Facebook page, it says Hadfield's "Space Oddity" is "possibly the most poignant version of the song ever created." It also notes that Hadfield called on Emm Gryner, one of Bowie's past collaborators, to record the clip. She sang in Bowie's live band in 1999 and 2000, but never got a chance to perform "Space Oddity" with the song's writer. So when Hadfield told her "he wanted to cover 'Space Oddity' I was over the moon, pardon the pun," Gryner writes on her blog.