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David Bowie in 1976’s The Man Who Fell To Earth
STARMAN

David Bowie’s passionate obsession with space, in one video

Adam Freelander
By Adam Freelander

Senior Video Producer

In a career of constant transformation and experimentation, David Bowie returned again and again to the theme that first brought him success: space.

David Bowie released “Space Oddity” in 1969, less than a week before the launch of the Apollo 11 mission. It would become his first hit. But as this video shows, it was also the blueprint for an obsession that marked his entire career. David Bowie was fascinated by the wonder, mystery and terror of space.

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