That shockwave you felt across social media this morning was due to the collective nerdgasm over a video produced by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield. Before leaving the International Space Station, Hadfield, who is an avid user of social media and clearly gets how to use it, put together a video of himself performing David Bowie's "Space Oddity" (Major Tom to those who know words but not titles).
Hadfield took video of himself and his guitar around the station, even literally "floating in a most peculiar way," along with some breathtaking shots of earth. Best of all, he sang the song himself. No word on if Bowie has seen it, but our guess is he'd be pleased.
While this was not produced by NASA (or even by an American for that matter), this is yet another example of how members of space programs truly understand their nerd brethren. NASA frequently posts videos that are funny, informative and engaging. This time, it was Hadfield, but the fact that the video was posted yesterday and already has over half a million hits (as of this writing) is evidence of another win for astronauts.
Video after the jump.
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