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Astronaut Chris Hadfield recording the first music video from space with his cover of David Bowie's Space Oddity (AP/Nasa)

Astronaut Chris Hadfield recording the first music video from space with his cover of David Bowie's Space Oddity (AP/Nasa)

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A stunning image of Belfast at night taken by astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield on April 9, 2013

A stunning image of Belfast at night taken by astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield on April 9, 2013

Photo by Chris Hadfield of Belfast

Photo by Chris Hadfield of Belfast

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Astronaut Chris Hadfield recording the first music video from space with his cover of David Bowie's Space Oddity (AP/Nasa)

An astronaut has said goodbye to life on the International Space Station and possibly hello to a new career as a pop star by making an impressive cover version of David Bowie's "Space Oddity".

Commander Chris Hadfield, who has built up more than 790,000 followers on Twitter by posting photographs of the Earth from space, has become an internet sensation after posting the music video, which even gained a favourable response from Bowie himself.

The Canadian, who will fly home today as his five-month mission comes to an end, can be seen playing acoustic guitar and singing the classic Bowie track "Space Oddity" in outer space.

The astronaut wrote on Twitter: "With deference to the genius of David Bowie, here's Space Oddity, recorded on Station. A last glimpse of the World."

Bowie replied: "Hallo Spaceboy."

Before going into orbit, Cmdr Hadfield said playing music was important in taking care of the "psychological side" of living in space.

In February he sent a message from space to veteran wildlife broadcaster Sir David Attenborough.

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The astronaut asked: "If you had an evening to spend here on the space station, how would you spend it?"

Sir David replied: "I'd just sit and watch the Earth go by - it's a perspective I've never had."


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