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'Space Oddity' In Space: Yes, Astronauts Are Still The Coolest Humans

NPR | May 13, 2013 7:16 a.m.

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Linda Holmes

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield sits in front of a mock-up of a Soyuz TMA space craft during his pre-flight preparation at the Cosmonaut Training Centre in Star City, outside Moscow, in November 2012.

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield sits in front of a mock-up of a Soyuz TMA space craft during his pre-flight preparation at the Cosmonaut Training Centre in Star City, outside Moscow, in November 2012.

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This is Canadian astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield, performing David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” while floating around the International Space Station. You may have last seen the space station team walking around in outer space fixing stuff.

Yes, you will never do anything this cool. You could miniaturize Jay-Z and put him inside your iPod, inherit sixteen billion dollars, bring James Dean back to life, time-travel to 1968 to hip-nap Joan Holloway’s hips, give birth to Miles Davis, and hire Stephen Hawking to help you develop the capability to spontaneously turn into a Corvette anytime you wanted, and you would not be this cool. Nothing is this cool.

Astronauts, right?

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