Chris Hadfield’s rendition of David Bowie’s song, Space Oddity was the coolest thing I have seen in a long time. Space Oddity is a song that David Bowie wrote in 1969 and is about a fictional astronaut called Major Tom. 1969 was the year of the moon landing and the space race between Russia and America inspired a lot of artists during that time.
In 2013, Chris Hadfield was an astronaut working on the International Space Station. He recorded a cover of Space Oddity while in space which lead him to become a YouTube sensation and reawakening the interest in space travel.
The music clip shows real footage of the International Space Station and Earth. It is beautiful to look at and a reminder of the fragility of life.
I’m a newly graduated elementary school teacher and I can see how I can use this music clip as an introduction to learning about space. Space is always on the science curriculum no matter how many times the government changes the curriculum. I hope to spark curiosity in my students as curiosity helps the learning process.