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Young astronaut Oliver McKee, from Belfast eagerly awaits the touchdown of Colonel Chris Hadfield the Canadian astronaut who will be making a very special appearance at the BT Young Scientist and Technology exhibition in RDS in Dublin on Saturday 11 January 2014.

Col Chris Hadfield, who captured the public’s imagination by sharing on social media photos of Earth taken from the International Space Station (ISS), is to drop in on the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition in Dublin.

The former commander of the ISS is to make a special appearance in the Main Hall at the RDS on 11 January to sign copies of his new book, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth.

Chris will be in Derry/Londonderry on January 13 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm at Easons Foyleside Shopping Centre before coming to the Easons
Belfast store on January 14 from 4:00 pm

The Canadian retired astronaut blasted off from Kazakhstan in December 2012 for a five-month mission aboard the ISS, where he carried out scientific experiments, as well as snapped photos of the world below – including shots of Ireland – and shared them with his followers on Facebook and Twitter.

Just prior to his return to Earth in May, he filmed and shared a rendition of the song Space Oddity by David Bowie, in addition to helping educate the public about life in space throughout his time aboard the orbiting lab

This year 31 projects from 17 schools across Northern Ireland will be competing at the exhibition which is renowned for providing family fun filled entertainment including live shows from W5, World of Robots and TITAN The Robot.

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The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition will be open to the public from Thursday 9th – Saturday 11th January 2014. For information, log onto www.btyoungscientist.com or check out http://www.facebook.com/BTYSTE or follow on twitter at http://twitter.com/btyste

With deference to the genius of David Bowie, here’s Space Oddity, recorded on Station. A last glimpse of the World…

He also provided the first message tweeted from space in Irish — Tá Éire fíorálainn! (Ireland is exquisite). He added: “Land of green hills dark beer. With Dublin glowing in the Irish night.”

Twitter: twitter.com/Cmdr_Hadfield

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