British astronaut Tim Peake pays tribute to David Bowie from the International Space Station

'Goodbye Starman,' adds Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, who covered 'Space Oddity' in 2013

British astronaut Tim Peake has tweeted his tribute to the late David Bowie all the way from the International Space Station.

Peake, who has been in space since December, wrote on the social network following the news: “Saddened to hear David Bowie has lost his battle with cancer – his music was an inspiration to many”.

Many of Bowie’s songs focus on the subject of space, such as 1969 hit ‘Space Oddity’.

‘Space Oddity’ was covered from space by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield in 2013 (see below). Speaking at the time, Bowie called it “the most poignant version of the song ever created.”

“Goodbye Starman,” Hadfield tweeted following Bowie’s passing. That tweet is beneath.

The news that Bowie has lost an 18-month battle with cancer was announced this morning with his son, film director Duncan Jones, among the first to shares his message of love for his late father. See tributes to Bowie from music stars around the world.