During his command of the International Space Station, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield snapped and shared dazzling photographs of Earth – a feast for the eyes. Now, to presage his departure, he’s recorded an emotional musical tribute, so that our ears too can soak in his out-of-this-world experience.

Take a few minutes and watch this first ever music video from space. It’s a stirring cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity”…

(“Space Oddity’’ was shot in a submersible before, as sung by Brazilian Seu Jorge, who played a deckhand on Wes Anderson’s Costeau-style sendup with Bill Murray, “The Life Aquatic.’’)

Hadfield will return to Earth today and leaves behind a legacy as a pioneer in using social media to share the planet with the world, educate us about life in space, and engage with the global community.

“Who’d have thought that 5 months away from the planet would you make you feel closer to people,” Hadfield said in a video reflecting on his experience (below). “Not closer because I miss them, just closer because seeing this this way and being able to share it through all the media that we’ve used has allowed me to get a direct reflection back, immediate [reflection] from so many different people that it makes me feel like I’m actually there with people more…”

To conclude, here’s a set of some of Hadfield’s most recent and last captures of Earth from the ISS:




 Here’s a bigger selection of his still photos

Related Links:

Top 10 Commander Chris Hadfield Videos from the ISS! (Scientific American)

Chris Hadfield says Nasa’s job is not to ‘titillate’ (BBC)

Chris Hadfield on Facebook

Chris Hadfield on Twitter

More photos: One week’s worth of views from the International Space Station