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Astronaut Hadfield to release music recorded in space

Elizabeth Howell, News Writer
Apr 24, 2015, 5:37 UTC

Sen—The Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is to release an album filled with music he recorded while in space.

Guitar and vocal tracks for his forthcoming album, which doesn't yet have a public title, were recorded while Hadfield was aboard the International Space Station in 2012 and 2013. Additional vocals and tracks were added by other artists after the three-time spaceflyer returned to Earth.

"The serenity and grace I felt while orbiting our Earth, weightless by the window, gave a whole new place to write and perform music," Hadfield said in a press release. "I'm delighted to be able to share these completed works as a new way to help tell the stories of early space exploration."

The album will be released in fall 2015 and will be produced by Warner Music Canada.

Hadfield became well-known for his musical performances while in orbit. His space-to-Earth collaborations included work with Barenaked Ladies lead singer Ed Robertson, which saw thousands of school children across Canada sing along with a song Hadfield and Robertson wrote together.

He also recorded a version of Davie Bowie's 'Space Oddity' in space that has generated millions of views on YouTube since it was released in April 2013. The song was temporarily taken down due to copyright expiration, but was re-released to great fanfare in November 2013.