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Astronaut Makes Most Expensive Music Video Ever


In 1995, Michael Jackson and his sister Janet made the music video “Scream” set aboard a fictional space station. On Sunday evening, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield released a music video set aboard a REAL space station. An even bigger difference? Jackson’s video, the most expensive in history, cost about $10.5 million in 2013 dollars. Hadfield’s, if you include all the shuttle missions it took to build the International Space Station, cost about $150 billion.

(Related: The 10 Most Amazing Videos Created by Chris Hadfield)

Worth it? Well, if you take into account the ISS was built for, you know, a few other reasons than filming a music video, I’d say definitely. Hadfield, who is set to return to Earth today, created this incredible cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” as a capstone on his five months in space. Hadfield became an Internet sensation for his highly entertaining, and educational, videos as well as his pioneering use of social media.

Below, enjoy the most expensive music video ever made:

Mark Micheli is Special Projects Editor for Government Executive Media Group. He's the editor of Excellence in Government Online and contributes to GovExec, NextGov and Defense One. Previously, he worked on national security and emergency management issues with the US Treasury Department and the Department of Homeland Security. He's a graduate of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs and studied at Drake University.

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