Dublin City is to honour Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield with the Lord Mayor’s Award for his contribution to Dublin and its citizens.
Hadfield, who returned to Earth last week after a five-month mission aboard the International Space Station, had shared on Twitter photos he had taken of Ireland from his vantage point aboard the space lab.
The former commander of the International Space Station is the “obvious choice” for the award, 98FM reported Dublin Lord Mayor Mr Naoise Ó Muirí as having said.
Hadfield’s daughter Kristin, who is a student at Trinity College Dublin, will accept the award on behalf of her dad later this month.
Chris Hadfield and two of his crew members, flight engineers Tom Marshburn and Roman Romanenko, returned to Earth aboard a Soyuz capsule last week, landing southeast of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan.
Hadfield is now in Houston, Texas, undergoing medical tests and physiotherapy after having spent months in zero gravity.
Astronaut Chris Hadfield tweeted in Irish from the International Space Station