Bob Geldof prepares to become the first Irishman to travel to space
Here’s a first for the Georgia Straight. One-time music editor Sir Bob Geldof is on his way into outer space. (We’re henceforth expecting Mike Usinger to do a little more with his life.)
According to reports in various U.K. outlets, Geldof will board a Space XC craft and leave the atmosphere sometime next year or in 2015.
“Elvis may have left the building but Bob Geldof will have left the planet,” the 61-year-old activist and Boomtown Rats frontman is quoted as saying in the U.K.’s Mirror. “Wild. Who would have thought it possible in my lifetime?”
The commercial flight will make Geldof the first Irishmen to travel to space.
Geldof worked at the Straight for a brief period in the 1970s. He later went on to organize two 1985 benefit concerts collectively called Live Aid. That event helped raise awareness of a famine then underway in Ethiopia.
He was knighted in 1986 and has twice been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.