The retired spacewalker first found fame with a cover of ‘Space Oddity’.

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield will release an entire album of songs he recorded in space later this year. He laid down the guitar and vocal tracks while orbiting Earth on the International Space Station, and then handed them to producer Robbie Lackritz to add extra instrumentation.

“The serenity and grace I felt while orbiting our Earth, weightless by the window, gave a whole new place to write and perform music,” said Hadfield, who lived on the space station for five months. “I’m delighted to be able to share these completed works as a new way to help tell the stories of early space exploration.”

Warner Music Canada say the 55-year-old’s album will feature “special guests” and refers to Canadian musicians Buck 65, Barenaked Ladies and Ron Sexsmith, but the Guardian points out that it’s unclear whether they feature on the record or if Hadfield recorded versions of their songs.

Hadfield’s cover of David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ was a YouTube hit in 2013 and got the blessing from David Bowie himself, who said it was “possibly the most poignant version of the song ever created”.

Last year NASA launched a Soundcloud to give away space sounds from Apollo 11’s launch to passing comets. Meanwhile, techno spaceman Jeff Mills is readying a multimedia experience inspired by 2001: A Space Odyssey.



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