There’s a New Video for David Bowie’s “Space Oddity”
On the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, NASA debuted a sleek new visual for the 1969 single.
Despite what you may have learned from Dumb & Dumber, NASA completed the first successful moon landing on July 20, 1969 with an iconic line from Neil Armstrong and a nation-wide smug glance at the Soviets.
That same year, David Bowie unleashed the godfather of cosmic pop songs, “Space Oddity,” which arrived on his (second) self-titled studio album.
On the fiftieth anniversary of the former groundbreaking interstellar event, NASA held an event at Washington’s Kennedy Center that debuted a brand new video for the Bowie track, featuring sleek footage of the songwriter drifting through the darkness intermixed with footage of him performing at his fiftieth birthday party in 1997 (sticking with the theme of half-centuries). Directed by Tim Pope with footage of Bowie shot by Edouard Lock in 1990, the video also features a new mix of the song by Tony Visconti from a recently released box set. Watch it below.