Jan 14

Commander Chris Hadfield: Singing Spaceman to Promote Irish Tourism

Cmdr Hadfield became an internet sensation when he sang David Bowie's Space Oddity on the ISSThe former commander of the International Space Station, Chris Hadfield, is to promote the island of Ireland as a tourist destination.

The retired Canadian astronaut made fans around the world by posting videos and pictures from his final space mission on social media last year.

He has agreed to make a series of short promotional films with Tourism Ireland.

He arrived in Ireland on Thursday, and will visit Dublin, Belfast, Armagh, the Glens of Antrim and County Donegal.

On his Twitter account, the astronaut said: “Good Morning, Ireland! Happily headed to Dublin and Belfast, hoping to learn a cĂșpla focal (a couple of words).”

Gaelic translation

Cmdr Hadfield gained a significant Twitter following in Ireland after he became the first person to tweet from space using the Irish language.

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