Published: Tue, 30 July 2013
Seán Kelly MEP has invited the internet singing sensation and former astronaut Chris Hadfield to make a visit to the European Parliament in order to promote investment in science.
“Chris Hadfield is this generation’s Neil Armstrong. He has re-inspired young people with an interest in space and I think he could further promote science, education and investment in science at an EU and global level,” Mr Kelly said.
The first Canadian to walk on the moon, Mr Hadfield marked the end of his stay aboard the International Space Station with a music video that went viral and has earned over 16 million You Tube hits online so far. The cover of David Bowie’s Space Oddity shows the then astronaut and his guitar floating around the space station with views of planet Earth in the background.
The former astronaut has also achieved a huge Twitter fan base with almost a million followers.
“I have invited Mr Hadfield to visit the European Parliament, where I am a member of the Industry Committee. I would like him to address MEPs and key EU science and research stakeholders.”
The Ireland South MEP recently hosted the second man to walk on the moon Buzz Aldrin (pictured with Mr Kelly in attachment) in Brussels during theEU Science: Global Challenges, Global Collaboration Conference (ES:GC2) in March of this year.
“Astronauts have the wow factor for science. Mr Hadfield has the opportunity to help us promote greater research and innovation across Europe, using EU funds, and encouraging young people to follow in the footsteps of these great science stars in achieving new heights,” Mr Kelly added.
Sean Kelly is MEP of the Year for Research and Innovation.