Starman supreme David Bowie died on Sunday, just days after his 69th birthday and the release of his latest album.

It goes without saying that Bowie has many fans. But he's got a few friends in particularly high places. On Monday, several astronauts paid tribute to the musician. One of the tributes came from Chris Hadfield, a retired Canadian astronaut and former commander of the International Space Station:

Hadfield is an accomplished musician, and in 2013 he famously covered Bowie's "Space Oddity" – a song written from the perspective of an astronaut leaving Earth – from orbit, which you can watch at the top of the post. Bowie called it the “the most poignant version of the song ever created," so consider it required listening as you reflect on the astronomical heights of his career.


(Chris Hadfield/ESA)

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