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May 13, 2013

First Music Video Shot in Space: Astronaut Chris Hadfield Performing David Bowie's 'Space Oddity'

If you haven't seen it yet, well, prepare for something that has never happened in the history of human existence: the first full music video shot in space. Chris Hadfield, a Canadian astronaut and the exiting commander of the International Space Station, just released a tribute music video to David Bowie's Space Oddity, which was shot completely aboard the ISS. Check it out below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaOC9danxNo

Here's a little bit about how it came about from Emm Gryner:

The task was in front of me. I came up with a piano part. I then enlisted my friend, producer and fellow Canadian Joe Corcoran to take my piano idea and Chris' vocal and blow it up into a fully produced song. Drums! mellotrons! fuzz bass! We also incorporated into the track ambient space station noises which Chris had put on his Soundcloud. I was mostly blown away by how pure and earnest Chris' singing is on this track. Like weightlessness and his voice agreed to agree.

And voila! An astronaut sings Space Oddity in space! I was so honoured to be asked to be a part of this. You wouldn't get too many chances to make a recording like this and not only that, to make music with someone who - through his vibrant communications with kids in schools to his breathtaking photos to his always patient and good-humoured demeanour - has done more for science and space than anyone else this generation. Planet earth IS blue, and there's nothing left for Chris Hadfield to do. Right.

Safe travels home Commander!

It's quite a fitting place for the song to be performed, and they had Bowie's blessing before doing it. The video was likely shot with the Nikon D3s, as there is certainly shallow depth of field, and from my understanding there are only Nikon DSLRs cameras on-board (someone can correct me if they find out exactly). I know the ISS generally lags behind a bit with camera technology, but with the post-production and, oh yeah, the fact that it was shot in space, it's an absolutely beautiful video.

Hadfield has done a number of videos from space, but here's an interesting one focusing on photography aboard the ISS:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFp9pndbSKM

Just for kicks, here is the original and an alternate version for Space Oddity:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhSYbRiYwTY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D67kmFzSh_o

Be sure to follow Hadfield on Twitter and Facebook, and check out all of the great material he's been posting.

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This makes me happy.

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MWL

That just made my year.

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Daniil Deych

Brilliant!

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Peter Kelly

Wow, just amazing, take five minutes from your day and watch it all.

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Jim

Sitting in a tin can...

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Micah Van Hove
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New hero!

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Richard Collins

bubbling that tripod must've been a (queen)bitch!

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francis

Spectacular, but.... why these jj abrahams style flares.
Again. spectacular.

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Premini

I love space, science and David Bowie.

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Natt

I've been following him on twitter for the past 6 months - he's always posting amazing pictures and info from space. This tops the list though!

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Clayton Arnall

Best post on this site yet!

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It would be interesting to find out about those blue lens flares.

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Adr

It's probably just an effect in After Effects or something similar. Tons of plugins are capable of giving flares.

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Joe Marine
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I was hoping it wasn't just a plugin. Why try to emulate clichéd sci-fi imagery when you are actually in space? :-)

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Adr

It's an effect to try to replicate the flare you naturally get when shooting with anamorphic lenses. It looks like this video was colored with Magic Bullet, so I'd assume that's where the flares where put it too. Anamorphic flares aren't just for sci-fi, although it came to everyone's attention after Abram's Star Trek.

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steve

Personally liked it.

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Kraig

I always thought the main thing missing from space exploration was artistry. Thanks for putting an artist up there to really tell us what it's like.

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Willy Bearden

Those flares are obviously anamorphic and I doubt they had an anamorphic lens up there so yeah, they're probably Ae, a bit OTT IMHO but nonetheless nice...

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Michael

I was fortunate to hear Cmdr Hadfield speak while attending the University of Waterloo roughly 10 years ago. His words were inspiring and his outlook on life gave me a real boost completing my studies. It has been fascinating to witness his journey and his latest video sendoff is bold, inspiring and re engaging a generation to care about space exploration. Thanks for bringing this video to our attention.

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Loved the flares. Loved the video.

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Marklondon

Do they actually have anamorphic lenses up there or was this a bullshit post plugin? Also, was the editing done on the ground, or in space, and if on the ground did they ship the footage down, or downlink it?

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MD

Regarding anamorphic lenses, the fact that you even have to ask probably means that it doesn't matter nearly as much as you'd like it to.

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cows

There's nothing bullshit about this video, young punk.

May 14, 2013

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Natt

I think they may be old bullshit, which sucks dong because they look so good.

May 18, 2013

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Afco

Who cares about the flares? These guys are just having fun. And it was brilliant!

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Brian

Moustache.

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Kraig

On a nerdy front I'd love to know what it was shot on! It looks sweet :)

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Kraig

I'm pretty sure it was the Nikon D3S.

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Joe Marine
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Come on guys, the flares of obviously plug ins, not only do they look it but the aspect ratio clearly indicates anamorphic lenses were not used.

Anyway this video is so sick, love the shots with earth in the back

May 14, 2013

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carlos

I'd love to know what Mr Bowie thought of this.

May 19, 2013

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