Astronaut Chris Hadfield to release first album made in space


Astronaut Chris Hadfield is making history with the first album written and recorded in space, according to reports.

The début album by the 55-year-old Canadian, who skyrocketed to stardom in 2013 with his take of David Bowie’s Space Oddity, will be launched in spring, said AFP.

“Space album! Happy to announce that we will release a full album’s worth of music written and recorded in space in fall 2015 with Warner Music Canada. Exciting!” he wrote on Facebook on Tuesday.

Hadfield, who retired as an astronaut in June 2013, had an acoustic guitar and a laptop during his stay aboard the International Space Station (ISS) from December 2012 to May 2013 and he recorded the guitar and vocal tracks while in space.

Warner Music Canada announced it would release the still-untitled record this fall, said the Vancouver Sun.

Robbie Lackritz handled production for the album, which promises further instrumentation from “special guests”.

“The guitar and vocal tracks were recorded in space – a human first,” Warner Music said in a statement.

“The album’s fall 2015 launch underscores the importance that music has always had to Col. Hadfield wherever he is, whether in space or at home on Earth.”

Hadfield’s cover video of Space Oddity, made in zero gravity during the five-month mission to the ISS, was an Internet sensation and has racked up more than 25 million views on YouTube.

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