With a nod to the 50th anniversary of man’s first landing upon the Moon in July 1969 and MidPointe Library’s Summer Reading Program (appropriately themed “A Universe of Stories”), we ask today’s TriviaTuesday question:
What popular – and appropriate -- song was performed in the “first musical recording in Space”?
According to the website, QZ.com (Quartz):
“One of the best tributes to [David] Bowie … is Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield’s stirring rendition of the singer’s 1969 single ‘Space Oddity,’ recorded onboard the International Space Station (ISS) in 2013. Hadfield’s video of the performance made history as the first musical recording in space and has been viewed on YouTube almost 28 million times..." (1)
“Space Oddity, which would become [Bowie’s] first hit single,” was released on July 11, 1969, according to a biography of the legendary singer. (2)
Five days later – on July 16, 1969 – NASA's Apollo 11 was launched, sending Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins to the Moon. (3)
On July 20,1969, Armstrong became the first human to step foot upon the lunar surface, followed by Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin. Astronaut Michael Collins remained aloft in the command vehicle Columbia... (3)