In May of 2013, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield performed a cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” from the International Space Station.
The cover made waves, as it marked the first music video ever to be shot in space. After changing some lyrics to fit his particular circumstances, Hadfield performed the track from a whopping 250 miles above the ground.
To date, the video has garnered over 46 million views on YouTube, and it even jumpstarted Hadfield’s own music career.
Hadfield says that the cover began as a “family project” to do with his son back on Earth, but it became much bigger than that. In fact, it even gaining some renewed popularity for the original recording from Bowie 44 years after its original release.
Bowie himself not only worked with his publisher to extend the copyright agreement for the cover, but he even praised the rendition, calling it, “possibly the most poignant version of the song ever created.”