After Chris Hadfield’s command of the International Space Station made him a global celebrity, it seemed only right to give him the rock-star treatment in our recent cover photo shoot.

Taking inspiration from Hadfield’s rendition of David Bowie’s Space Oddity, photographer Christopher Wahl asked the astronaut to replicate Bowie’s famed image from the cover of his Aladdin Sane album.

“He was fully participating—it was awesome,” says Wahl. “I was on a portrait high for a day and a half afterward.”

Read more on the making of our latest cover, here.

Cover photo by Christopher Wahl. Behind-the-scenes photos by Paul McNaulty.