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Commander Chris Hadfield singing on the International Space Station. Photo: PA

Commander Chris Hadfield singing on the International Space Station. Photo: PA

Commander Chris Hadfield singing on the International Space Station. Photo: PA

HE kept us entertained like no other astronaut and true to form, Canadian commander Chris Hadfield has signed off from his space mission in some style.

Commander Hadfield is due to earth early tomorrow after a five-month stint on the International Space Station (ISS). And he said goodbye to life in zero gravity with a rendition of David Bowie's Space Oddity.

Believed to be the first music video filmed in space, it shows Chris floating inside the space station while playing his guitar.

As he sings, 'Here I am sitting in a tin can far above the world,' a clear view of the earth is visible outside the space station's windows.

At one point he sings 'And I'm floating in a most peculiar way' while actually floating in mid-air.

 

Spaceboy

An obvious fan of the musician, Hadfield tweeted: "With deference to the genius of David Bowie, here is Space Oddity, recorded on station. A last glimpse of the world."

Clearly impressed, David Bowie later tweeted back: "Hello spaceboy".

The video was mixed with the help of the Canadian Space Agency and features modified lyrics that refer to the Soyuz capsule that will bring him back to earth.

"Ground control to Major Tom, lock your Soyuz hatch and put your helmet on," say the lyrics.

The 53-year-old is said to be planning a trip to Dublin when he returns from space as his daughter Kristin is studying in Trinity College.

Hadfield is a fan of Ireland and delighted followers here with his tweet from space as Gaeilge and also with his night-time photos of the country. He also managed to capture Ireland from an unusual angle, showing a setting sun and the entire island in all its glory.

His messages from space and videos recorded inside the ISS have become a huge hit, earning him more than 802,000 followers on Twitter.

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