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Sunday 20 April 2014

Space Cadet: Bob Geldof dons the tricolour as he trains for trip into space

Irish musician Sir Bob Geldof, wearing a flight suit with the Irish flag on his left arm and the Union flag on his right arm, poses for a portrait after a training exercise in the Desdemona flight simulator as part of a training exercise for a 2015 space flight in Soesterberg, central Netherlands, Thursday Sept. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
Irish musician Sir Bob Geldof, wearing a flight suit with the Irish flag on his left arm and the Union flag on his right arm, poses for a portrait after a training exercise in the Desdemona flight simulator as part of a training exercise for a 2015 space flight in Soesterberg, central Netherlands, Thursday Sept. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

He'll be the first Irishman in space and Bob Geldof wants the world to know it.

The Live Aid organiser proudly posed for pictures with the tricolour on his left arm after today's training exercise in the Desdemona flight simulator in Soesterberg, central Netherlands.

The 62-year-old Boomtown Rats singer will be a passenger in a Lynx Mark II shuttle powered by four rocket engines that is set to go into space next year.

The one-hour commercial space flight is being organised by private company Space XC.

Flying the flag as the first Irishman in space, Geldof had said in an interview that he would be happy to don the tricolour.

“I am not nationalistic but I am proud of being Irish. I will be proud of being the first Irishman to leave the planet,” he said.

But the Dubliner said he would stop short of belting out the national anthem when he takes off because “I don’t know the words"

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