Song for St Patrick's Day sang in space

Published Sunday, 17 March 2013
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As events happened across the globe for St Patrick's Day, one man took festivities one giant leap further as he marked the day in space with eight pictures and a song.

Song for St Patrick's Day sang in space
Commander Chris Hadfield marks St Patrick's Day in space. (© Chris Hadfield)

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, who is Commander of Expedition 35 at the International Space Station, was wearing a special green jumper, shirt and bow-tie ensemble on Sunday.

He also sent a greeting to those celebrating the Patron Saint of Ireland's day back on Earth as well as posting pictures of Londonderry and its "rugged coast facing the North Atlantic" and Tralee in the Republic of Ireland, which he described as being "nestled in the first green we see after soaring across the Atlantic".

He later tweeted a picture of Donegal, saying it was "one of the many famous places I've only seen from space", before adding orbit snaps of Galway "in the afternoon sun", Cork and Drogheda.

Later, the astronaut shared a picture of Belfast "with visibly green countryside signalling the onset of spring".

His St Patrick's Day finale was a photograh of Dublin, "with her port standing out clearly to photographers in Earth orbit".

But remarkably, Commander Hadfield also managed to record a rendition of Danny Boy in orbit from the habitable artificial base.

"From high above the world, to the Irish everywhere," he said in his introduction, before belting out the traditional song.

The astronaut, who has family in the Republic, has seen the number of followers on his Twitter account rocket as he took charge of the International Space Station earlier this month.

But he doesn't just have a talent for space exploration and photography, it seems.

© UTV News
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3 Comments
Stephen king in Belfast N, Ireland. wrote (433 days ago):
Well done Chris you have done a great job and have a lot to be proud of, The world wishes you all the best, God bless you.
Ryan in Belfast wrote (491 days ago):
Well done chris, the celebration of Irish culture is not only celebrated all around the world but also in space on st patricks day! :)
ciara in belfast wrote (492 days ago):
How fabulous!!!!!! Seems that st patricks day is not just celebrated around the world,but it manages to go further .....into space !!!! Fantastic. Well done to chris, and excellent danny boy rendition. Great to be irish in this day :-)
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