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#triviatuesday - What popular and appropriate song was performed in the “first musical recording in Space”? 

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, (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) 

Upon touching the lunar surface Armstrong announced to Planet Earth : "...that’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind."  

Although Armstrong and Bowie have departed this Earth, each will be remembered for having achieved a “first” in the vastness of Space. 

(1)“The perfect Bowie tribute is astronaut Chris Hadfield singing ‘Space Oddity’” 

(2) “David Bowie – A Life” by Dylan Jones. Published in 2017 by Crown Archetype, New York. Available for checkout at MidPointe Library. 

(3) From “The 2019 Chase’s Calendar of Events” available for checkout at MidPointe Library 

The YouTube presentation of Chris Hadfield singing “Space Oddity” is available at: 

“Space Oddity” by David Bowie is available on Hoopla via MidPointe Library’s eLibrary : > eLibrary > Music > Hoopla > David Bowie > Space Oddity  

If you’re a fan of all-things-Space, stop by any MidPointe Library location now through July 31 to take part in its popular “Summer Reading Program” for all ages!  

This year’s theme is “A Universe of Stories.” Read books for prizes and enjoy visits by special guests! 

For more information on Summer Reading, visit > Services > Summer Reading 

You’ll find MidPointe libraries in Middletown, West Chester, Trenton, Monroe, Liberty Township (2nd floor of Liberty Center) and within our roving “Library On Wheels” formerly known as The Bookmobile.