THE race to be the first Irishman into space took off this week with ex-Stratford-upon-Avon mayor Cyril Bennis claiming that the former Boomtown Rat, Sir Bob Geldof, has booked his ticket to leave the planet because of his “privileged position".
Mr Bennis was responding to national media reports this week that Sir Bob aims to be the first Irishman in space in 2014 but Cyril says he’s already completed most of the training for the space programme, which costs £64,000 per ticket, and will see both men fly 64 miles above the Earth’s surface.
“I’m keeping my feet on the ground but will reach for the stars!” Cyril told the Herald.
“I’ve paid for my trip out of my own pocket and as far as I’m concerned I’m going to be the first Irishman in space!
"I think this might be a case of, ‘who you know and not what you know’, a question of privilege, if you like,” said Cyril.
The two rocket men will travel in the same Lynx Mark II space plane which will hit 2,200 mph within three minutes of launch however they won’t be travelling together in the two-person spacecraft—if they did, it would resolve the star wars saga as to who will be the first Irishman in space.
Cyril Bennis, (centre), receives his space certificate from Brienna Henwood, director of space training and research at the National Aerospace Training and Research (Nastar) center, and Swee Weng Fan, director of aerospace physiology and training.
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