Chris Hadfield to release space-recorded album

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Former Canadian astronaut and International Space Station commander Chris Hadfield will release his debut album this fall.

The album titled Off Planet will be under the Warner Music Canada label. It features unreleased tracks – both guitar and vocals – that were recorded during Hadfield’s five-month stay at the space station ending in May 2013.

He struck international fame for his use of social media, with his frequent photos of the planet’s cities and geography from the space station’s view. By the time he returned, he attained over a million followers on Twitter.

But it was his cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” that made him an international name. To date, the video has amassed over 25 million views on YouTube and received universal acclaim.

Hadfield has not provided any hints of what songs were recorded in space.

“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 in a statement. “I’m delighted to be able to share these completed works as a new way to help tell the stories of early space exploration.”

Hadfield retired in the summer of 2013 and has had a thriving speaking career ever since.

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