Sunday 17 December 2017

I'll be fast asleep when dad lands on Earth, says TCD student Kirsten

Chris Hadfield and daughter Kirsten in the Wicklow Mountains
Chris Hadfield and daughter Kirsten in the Wicklow Mountains
Commander Chris Hadfield’s ‘Space Oddity’ video
Commander Chris Hadfield
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Allison Bray

Allison Bray

AS PEOPLE around the world tuned in to watch Canadian space hero Commander Chris Hadfield return to Earth, his Dublin-based daughter planned to be fast asleep.

The astronaut, who can now boast David Bowie, William Shatner and Dara O'Briain among his many fans and social media followers, was due to land in Kazakstan at 3.30am Irish time following his five-month stay on the International Space Station.

While she is fiercely proud of her father's achievements in space, Kirsten Hadfield (26), said she is too busy studying to stay up all night to watch him return.


"The timing of his landing is not very convenient for Irish people to be able to watch it!" the graduate psychology student at Trinity College Dublin told the Irish Independent.

"I have lots of work to do tomorrow and so I won't be able to stay up to watch him come home. I will go to bed with a dad on the International Space Station and wake up with him safely on Earth, and I think that's pretty cool," she added.

Commander Hadfield's tweets from space, including stunning aerial shots of Ireland and around the world, have earned him a legion of fans.

But to Kirsten, he is just like any other dad except that he's an astronaut who plays in an all-astronaut bandcalled Max Q.

His version of the Bowie song 'Space Oddity' – which drew kudos from the singer himself – has been a pet project of his since he went aboard the space station last year, she revealed.

"My dad decided to spend his free time recording the music and videos for the song, but because they get so little free time, this meant that it took him quite a long time to record everything. He has been working on it nearly since he went to space," she said.

But the effort was worth it when Bowie tweeted "Hallo Spaceboy" in recognition of the effort.

Irish Independent

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