This site uses cookies to improve your experience and to provide services and advertising. By continuing to browse, you agree to the use of cookies described in our Cookies Policy. You may change your settings at any time but this may impact on the functionality of the site. To learn more see our Cookies Policy.
#Open journalism No news is bad news

Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you

Support The Journal
Dublin: 21 °C Thursday 16 July, 2020

Enjoy Commander Hadfield's Space Oddity? Watch it quickly- it's being taken down

Hadfield spent months getting the rights, but Bowie only gave him a year to keep the video up.

Image: Screengrab

IT HAS BEEN watched over 22.5 million times and is undoubtedly the coolest video of an astronaut performing a rock classic in space.

However, in a few hours, Commander Chris Hadfield’s version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity will be taken down from the Canadian spaceman’s YouTube account.

The video, recorded while Hadfield orbited the earth, was given a one-year licence by Bowie, which expires within the next 12 hours.

Source: Chris Hadfield/YouTube

US copyright law being as it is, it may be 2069 until the video can be freely posted to YouTube again.

Hadfield spent months negotiating the deal and its removal has been widely criticised by fans on the video’s comments section.

So, for one last time, grab your lighters and float in zero-gravity with the world’s most famous astronaut/Irish tourism ambassador.

Read: Commander Chris Hadfield presents ‘An Astronaut’s Guide to Hurling’

  • Share on Facebook
  • Email this article

Read next: