SpaceX founder Elon Musk was among a host of space luminaries to mourn the loss of “Starman” singer David Bowie to cancer at age 69.
Shortly after news of Bowie’s death late Jan. 10, Musk tweeted: “Sad to hear that David Bowie died. He was amazing.”
Another billionaire entrepreneur, Richard Branson, whose Virgin Galactic aims to send so-called space tourists into near-Earth orbit, also paid quick homage in a series of tweets that linked to a Virgin website post.
“David Bowie (was) an innovator,” he wrote. “A small example (was Virgin Record’s) release of the 1st ever downloadable album.” That would be Bowie’s 1999 album release, “Hours.”
British astronaut Tim Peake tweeted from the International Space Station:
Saddened to hear David Bowie has lost his battle with cancer — his music was an inspiration to many. @DavidBowieReal
— Tim Peake (@astro_timpeake) January 11, 2016
Nasa.gov quickly retweeted the post.
Chris Hadfield — a former Canadian astronaut who once recorded a video of Bowie’s classic “Space Oddity” aboard the ISS — also paid final tribute to the singer so identified with space travel:
“Ashes to ashes, dust to stardust,” Hadfield tweeted. “Your brilliance inspired us all. Goodbye, Starman.”