In what can only be described as a space oddity, former astronaut Buzz Aldrin is being cared for in a New Zealand hospital by Dr David Bowie after being evacuated from the South Pole.
In a truly remarkable coincidence, Aldrin's doctor shares the name of the late British singer whose greatest hits included songs such as "Starman" and others about space travel that could easily have been penned for the great American astronaut.Here's a tweet from @TheRealBuzz:
The coincidence certainly tickled Aldrin's manager, Christina Korp, who posted a photo on Twitter of Aldrin and Dr Bowie together in a Christchurch hospital.
"Thank heaven @TheRealBuzz's doctor is David Bowie," Korp said on Twitter. "You can't make this stuff up."
Bowie, the singer and actor, released his smash hit "Space Oddity" about a fictional astronaut who loses communication with ground control in 1969, just days before Neil Armstrong and Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on the moon.
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Here's the Official vid:Dr. David Bowie surrounded by my #Mars girls. (My daughter Jan and my Mission Director @Buzzs_xtina) #GYATM pic.twitter.com/7aYOiI4kE9— Buzz Aldrin (@TheRealBuzz) December 6, 2016
The cover by Commander Chris Hadfield on board the International Space Station:
And Commander Hadfield's thoughts on Bowie's passing:
Ashes to ashes, dust to stardust. Your brilliance inspired us all. Goodbye Starman. pic.twitter.com/FbcxlAzces— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) January 11, 2016