Commander Chris Hadfield recorded a version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity in what is truly the most amazing music video ever. Now that he’s back on Earth, he took part in a photo shoot for Maclean’s magazine made up to look like Bowie on the cover of his album Aladdin Sane.
Taking inspiration from Hadfield’s world-uniting rendition of David Bowie’s Space Oddity, photographer Christopher Wahl asked the astronaut to replicate Bowie’s famed image from the cover of his Aladdin Sane album.
“He went full-bore with it. I explained we needed bare shoulders as opposed to the collared shirt he was wearing, so he happily took it off,” says Wahl, who ensured the lighting during the shoot also matched Bowie’s album perfectly. “He was fully participating—it was awesome. I was on a portrait high for a day and a half afterward.”
It turns him into the rock star that every astronaut truly is for doing their out-of-this-world jobs.
See the magazine cover and video of his transformation after the break…