Astronauts Pay Tribute To David Bowie

| by Michael Allen
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Tributes filled the web on Jan. 11 for rock music icon David Bowie who passed away at age 69.

One of those tributes came from British astronaut Tim Peake who tweeted from the International Space Station, "Saddened to hear David Bowie has lost his battle with cancer — his music was an inspiration to many."

Bowie recorded the space-oriented hits "Starman" and "Space Oddity." The latter was a 1969 tune about Major Tom, a fictional astronaut.

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield played the song on a guitar while aboard the space station in 2013. Bowie said it was "the most poignant version of the song ever created," notes The Associated Press.

Hadfield tweeted about Bowie's passing with a mention of the song "Ashes To Ashes," which also included Major Tom: "Ashes to ashes, dust to stardust. Your brilliance inspired us all. Goodbye Starman."

There were plenty of tributes by rock stars as well.

"Very sad news to wake up to on this raining morning," Paul McCartney said in a statement, according to BBC News. "David was a great star and I treasure the moments we had together. His music played a very strong part in British musical history and I'm proud to think of the huge influence he has had on people all around the world.

"I send my deepest sympathies to his family and will always remember the great laughs we had through the years. His star will shine in the sky forever.

"David was always an inspiration to me and a true original," Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger tweeted. "He was wonderfully shameless in his work. 1/2.

"We had so many good times together. He was my friend, I will never forget him. 2/2."

Sources: Twitter (2) (3) (4), The Associated Press via NBC News, BBC News

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