If you have a little space explorer in the house, then Col. Chris Hadfield wants to meet them.

Col Chris Hadfield

Famous Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has made a call out in the hope of meeting an Irish boy or girl who is passionate about space.

He will be appearing on the Ray D’Arcy Show this Saturday night and has decided to give one child the opportunity of a lifetime. Posting a video, Col Chris said:

“Have you ever dreamed of being an astronaut, flying through space?”

“If there is a young astronaut hopeful there, I would love to meet you in person.” 

Parents have been asked to email theraydarcyshow@rte.ie – with the heading “Astronaut” in the subject line. You’ll have to be faster than the speed of light too in order to be chosen and beam into Dublin before the weekend.

Donegal from above

Col. Hadfield has a long-lasting love of Ireland and its people. He keeps a very public profile of his explorations in space and on the ground. He acted as Tourism Ireland ambassador and visited Donegal as part of the Wild Atlantic Way in 2014.

There was much excitement when the astronaut tweeted a photo of Donegal from the International Space Station in March 2013, with the caption:

“Donegal, one of the many famous places I’ve only seen from space.”

Donegal from space - Photo taken by Col. Chris Hadfield
Donegal from space – Photo taken by Col. Chris Hadfield

Lottie Doll Abigail

Amazing Abigail

Last year, Chris tweeted his support for Donegal-based toy company Arklu when Abigail the Stargazer Lottie doll won a prestigious science award – the space.com ‘Little Scientist’ Space Age Award at the New York Toy Fair 2015.


Col Hadfield shot to worldwide stardom when he covered David Bowie’s Space Oddity from orbit. He made a touching tribute to the singer when he passed away last year: With much respect to a genius, a silent moment of reflection: ashes to ashes, dust to stardust. Your brilliance inspired us all. Goodbye Starman.