It’s the 55th anniversary of the establishment of NASA. So we’ll be enjoying some spacey songs today. Let’s start with the generator of more space music than anyone else, David Bowie, performing “Starman” in 1999.

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.