It was announced this week that ageing rock star and all round philanthropist Sir Bob Geldof is set to become the first Irishman in space.
He’s booked himself a €100,000 seat on a Space Expedition Corporation flight scheduled to depart next year.
Ironically the first “Irishman” in space holds a British passport but we’ll overlook that, just as we will if Rory McIllroy declares for Britain in the next Olympics!
It’s a bit depressing from a national identity perspective, that our first interstellar export will be the mullet headed 80’s rocker behind such musical car crashes as Rat Trap http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=024UcB1m7Do and Banana Republic http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfMwWLnpgGw.
Could we not have frozen Seamus Heaney cryogenically and sent him instead? Even though he’s technically a corpse, he’s still more charismatic than Geldof.