The out-of-this-world popular cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” shot aboard the International Space Station and starring Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is, sadly, going offline Wednesday.
Bowie’s last day – we had permission for a year, so our Space Oddity video comes down today. One last look: http://t.co/z6umXHoPCk
— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) May 13, 2014
The one-year license granted by Bowie’s publisher expires May 13 and the video will subsequently be pulled from YouTube, where its accumulated an astronomical 22 million views. Along with a recording of Hadfield’s own song “Jewel in the Night,” the video launched the social media savvy astronaut to international fame, and made him the unofficial face of the International Space Station.
Hadfield served as commander of the station before retiring from the Canadian space agency last year.
“We’re working with the CSA and Bowie’s licensers to hopefully find a way to keep it up,” Evan Hadfield, the astronaut’s son and publicist, said Tuesday. Evan Hadfield helped develop and create the video.