Published Tuesday, 10 September 2013
Sir Bob Geldof could be the first Irishman in space. (© Getty)
The singer/songwriter and long-time activist, from Dún Laoghaire in Co Dublin, confirmed on Tuesday that he will undertake the journey with the Space Expedition Corporation in 2014.
"Being the 'First Irishman in Space' is not only a fantastic honour, but pretty mind-blowing," he said.
"The First Rock Astronaut Space Rat - Elvis may have left the building, but Bob Geldof will have left the planet!"
Sir Bob will first need to undergo specialist training in a space flight simulator in Holland and will have his first session this weekend.
The company he plans to travel to space with are hoping to launch 100 people next year.
Tickets cost $100,000 (£64,000) each.
Wild! Who would have thought it possible in my lifetime?
Sir Bob Geldof
Space Expedition Corporation was established last year as a potential rival to Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic.
It is a private company which plans to take travellers from the Caribbean island of Curaçao to the edge of space, where they will achieve weightlessness for a few minutes.
While Sir Bob is hoping to become the first Irishman in space, the Irish language has already beaten him to it with a Canadian astronaut having become the first person to use it so far above Earth.
During his time at the helm of the International Space Station, Commander Chris Hadfield tweeted from space: "Tá Éire fiorálainn!"
Moments later, he added of the response: "Wow, I can feel the warmth of the Irish all the way up here - go raibh maith agaibh!"
A number of US astronauts with Irish connections have already made the journey into space, but it now seems Sir Bob could become the first native of the Emerald Isle to do so - unless someone beats him to it.
Two Irish businessmen are reported as having been among those set to go into space on Richard Branson's flights, which have since seen significant delays.
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