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Singing astronaut Chris Hadfield forced to take down 'Space Oddity' video due copyright issues

Published 13/05/2014 | 21:29

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Cmdr Chris Hadfield representing Ireland in space
Astronaut commander Chris Hadfield makes a keynote address at the Laya Heathcare Pendulum Summit event at Dublin Convention Centre
Astronaut commander Chris Hadfield

Astronaut Chris Hadfield - famous for singing David Bowie's Space Oddity in space – has said he has had to remove his YouTube video of the song due to copyright issues.

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The former International Space Station commander said he had permission from David Bowie and his team to post the video on YouTube for one year.

That year has now come to an end and Hadfield is currently trying to renew the license, he said.

He has now given his fans one last chance to view the video.

“We had permission from David Bowie’s people to post the video on YouTube for a year, and that year is up,” he told his fans on Reddit.

“We are working on renewing the license for it, but as there are no guarantees when it comes to videos shot in space, we thought you might want to have one last look before we take it down.”

“It has been a year since my son and I created and released the Space Oddity video.”

The singing astronaut said he was delighted he helped demonstrate to the masses that space is a place for music too.

“We have been amazed and delighted that so many people enjoyed it - and maybe saw what spaceflight can really be like.”

“It helped show that humans have left Earth, and that the Space Station is a new stage, for not just science and exploration, but for our art and music too."

"With exploration comes insight – with perspective comes self-realization.”

"Thanks for everything. You've all been incredible throughout," he added.

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