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One small step that was out of this world. . . .

PUBLISHED: 12:00 16 July 2009 | UPDATED: 09:17 12 August 2010

A DIGITAL remix of a rock anthem is to be released to mark the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landings. David Bowie s iconic sci-fi song Space Oddity will be released in remixable formats next Monday to celebrate the anniversary of the first man

A DIGITAL remix of a rock anthem is to be released to mark the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landings.

David Bowie's iconic sci-fi song Space Oddity will be released in remixable formats next Monday to celebrate the anniversary of the first man on the moon.

Three new edits and a 1979 recording of the song, apparently inspired by Stabley Kubrick's film 2001: A Space Odyssey, will give fans the chance to remix the popular track which was rush-released on July 11, 1969 to coincide with the moon landings.

Bromley-bred Bowie's single, about a fictional astronaut Major Tomand his conversation with ground control, was used by the BBC in its coverage of the landing and propelling the record to number five in the UK charts.

It finally made the number one spot when it was re-released in November 1975.

In the 2009 edition, The Space Oddity Digital EP, buyers will get eight free 'stems' featuring various instruments and vocals that can be remixed by fans.

And it is not just 62-year-old Bowie with an intrinsic relationship to the moon.

His son Duncan Jones (aka Zowie Bowie), who was born at Beckenham Hospital, has just directed his debut film, a sci-fi thriller called Moon which premiered at the Sundance film festival this summer. For more information on the song release go to www.davidbowie.com.

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