May 13, 2013 by David K. Sutton
VIDEO: Ground Control To Major Tom: Canadian Astronaut Inspires A Generation
The most recent video from Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is an excellent bookend to his time as commander of Expedition 35. In a fitting tribute to an expedition that inspired the explorers of tomorrow, Hadfield performs David Bowie’s 1969 classic “Space Oddity” from the International Space Station.
The video has gone viral, but I think it’s the potential long-lasting effects of an outstanding series of videos from the International Space Station that are the big story here. Videos like Hadfield wringing water from a towel or the excellent tour given by Expedition 33 commander Suni Williams are fascinating, and the impact on young minds cannot be overstated.
And the original David Bowie video from 1969: