Today is the last day that Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is licensed by David Bowie to post this video, so I figured we should all enjoy it!
I’ve been doing a lot of research around the current technology for spaceflight in preparation for a short story I’m submitting to a special issue of Lightspeed magazine. There’s some really interesting stuff out there and I thought I would share it with you. It’s a pretty brutal experience, actually; and the astronauts all make it look so easy, don’t they?
~ Click on the photo to watch the vid & hear the song! ~
There have been a lot of songs written about space, but how many songs have actually been written in space?
Watch the video above as astronaut Chris Hadfield, from aboard the International Space Station, performs “I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing)” with Ed Robertson, the rest of the Barenaked Ladies and the Wexford Gleeks from Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts, who were all at the CBC studios in Toronto.
The song, which was written by Hadfield and Robertson in partnership with Music Monday, CBC Music and the Canadian Space Agency, explores what it’s like to look down on the Earth from outer space. It will also be the official song for the 2013 edition of Music Monday, which takes place on May 6.
David Bowie may have paid tribute to the great unknown with songs like “Starman” and “Space Oddity,” and Rush, a favourite of Hadfield’s, penned an entire space-rock opera, 2112, but how will they compare to a song written in space, by an actual astronaut?
Listen for yourself and let us know what you think in the comments. And if you want to sing and play along, simply download the lyrics and join in!
If you’d like to see some photos from behind the scenes of the recording, be sure to click on the photos link directly above the video.
How cool is that? Makes me proud to be a Canadian! ~ Sable, the Geek Queen