Title: “Space Oddity”
Artist: David Bowie
Album: David Bowie
Single Released: July 11, 1969

The Month in Legacy Space – July 1969
• David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” was recorded on June 20, 1969, exactly one month before Apollo astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to walk on the Moon

• This week’s Space Song of the Week hit record stores five days before the launch of Apollo 11. While the prime crew of Armstrong, Aldrin, and Command Module Pilot, Michael Collins, were getting physicals that Friday morning in July 1969, the backup crew was busy training on the command and lunar module simulators. Later that afternoon the prime crew would train on the Lunar Landing Training Vehicle

• The title “Space Oddity” is a reference to Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece, “2001: A Space Odyssey” which had premiered 10 months earlier

The Week in NewSpace – September 25, 2017
• On Tuesday, White House officials announced that U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will convene the newly reestablished National Scace Council in a meeting titled, “Leading the Next Frontier: An Event with the National Space Council”. The council was reinstated by an executive order from U.S. President Donald Trump to steer the future of American space policy. The event will, “include testimony by space industry experts from civilian, commercial and national security fields.”

• Lockheed Martin announced on Friday that it had added a reusable lander capable of making multiple trips between Mars orbit and the surface to its Mars Base Camp concept architecture

Image capture of the Apollo 11 Crew Training Summary calendar from July 1969

Lockheed Martin’s proposed lander on Mars. Credit: Lockheed Martin

BONUS VIDEO: This David Bowie song from 1980 reprises his lyric antihero, Major Tom; a character who also appears in a Peter Schilling song from 1983. Click here to view the video

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