I´ve grew up with David Bowie and this song, especially after witnessing live the explosion of the Challenger space shuttle in 1986, January 28th.
That flight had several peculiarities but the one I remember the most was the presence of a young teacher, Christa McAuliffe, the very first civilian to ever fly on to space. Chosen for more than 11.000 civil applications, she was a solid inspiration for all those that dreamed the ultimate dream: travelling to space.
You need to remember that the 80´s were the “travel to space” Era:
Star Trek movies, another epic franchise, first debuted in 1979 with Star Trek: The Motion Picture, followed by Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan in 1982 and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock in 1984.
And who can forget about Space: 1999, the cult british Sci Fi TV series with the unforgettable Martin Landau and Catherine Schell and the lovely and exquisite Maya.
For all of this, David Bowie Major Tom´s is a must! It reminds me of a lone gone Era where everything was mysterious, the year 2000 a bigger mistery and dreams were still bigger than life – has they should always.