Real-Life Astronaut Honors 'Space Oddity' David Bowie From Orbit


David Bowie, rock's iconic Spaceman, died on Sunday and has already received a tribute from the cosmos.

Floating some 250 miles above the planet Bowie begrudgingly called home, British astronaut Tim Peake's tribute--written while on board the International Space Station--was a fitting one.

"Saddened to hear David Bowie has lost his battle with cancer - his music was an inspiration to many," Peake wrote Monday.

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"Tonight there will be a special #spacerocks.6 track played up here," Peake tweeted.

Peak did not specify what that track, which is presumably among those he chose to take with him on his six-month stay, would be. 

However, a good bet might be Bowie's song "Space Oddity," the 1969 classic whose lyrics run, in part:

"This is Major Tom to Ground Control...I'm stepping through the door...And I'm floating in a most peculiar way...And the stars look very different today..."

As the Associated Press notes, this would not be the first time the out-of-this-world hit would be played from space.

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In 2013, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield played it on his guitar while orbiting Earth aboard the station.

Video of the space ode was viewed millions of times online and it received the seal of approval from the rock legend himself. Bowie called it "the most poignant version of the song ever created."

On Monday, Hadfield tweeted: "Ashes to ashes, dust to stardust. Your brilliance inspired us all. Goodbye Starman."

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