Singing spaceman invited to visit EU Parliament

Astronaut Chris Hadfield performing David Bowie's Space Oddity on the International Space Station. Picture courtesy of You Tube
SINGING spaceman Chris Hadfield, who transfixed the world with his zero gravity performance of David Bowie’s Space Oddity, has been invited to the European Parliament by MEP Sean Kelly.

SINGING spaceman Chris Hadfield, who transfixed the world with his zero gravity performance of David Bowie’s Space Oddity, has been invited to the European Parliament by MEP Sean Kelly.

The now retired Canadian astronaut, who served as commander of the International Space Station, has been invited by the Ireland South MEP to make a visit to the European Parliament in order to promote investment in science.

“Chris Hadfield is this generation’s Neil Armstrong. He has re-inspired young people with an interest in space and I think he could further promote science, education and investment in science at an EU and global level,” Mr Kelly said.

“Astronauts have the wow factor for science. Mr Hadfield has the opportunity to help us promote greater research and innovation across Europe, using EU funds, and encouraging young people to follow in the footsteps of these great science stars in achieving new heights,” Mr Kelly added.

In May, shortly before departing the station, Hadfield recorded a version of the 1969 Bowie classic - with the singer’s permission - and released it on You Tube, where it has since clocked up nearly 17.4 million views.

Hadfield is also likely to visit Dublin, where his daughter is in college in Trinity, in the near future to promote his book, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth.