Astronaut Major Tom gets ready to board his rocket ship, saying his prayers for a safe flight before taking off.
Major Tom reaches to space and sets his plane on the moon, in which he's now far from the Earth in nothing but his metal scrap of a ship. He leaves the ship, alerting his crew back on Earth.
Tom feels still, even empty, in the thousand of miles of space he's in. He feels as if he doesn't have control in being in space.
Alliteration-"Commencing countdown..." Both words start with the letter C and have the same phonic sound of 'kuh.' Line 5
Hyperbole-"For here...Am I sitting in a tin can." Even though this quote is refering to Tom's spaceship, you can't actually sit in a tin can for it's way to small to hold any person. Lines 15-16
Metaphor-"...I'm past one hundred thousand miles..feeling very still...I think my spaceship knows which way to go." (Lines 20-22) This line may refer to both the effects and emotions on being high on drugs, comparing it to emotionless.
The connection between Ground Central and Major Tom is cut off. Tom is stuck in space with no connection to the people back at Earth. He is stuck floating through space.
Repetition-"Can you hear me, Major Tom? Can you hear me, Major Tom? Can you hear me, Major Tom?" (Lines 27-29) The repetition of the sentence shows the reader the intensity of the situation for the people on Earth worrying about Tom and the connection between both had cut off.