Bob Geldof completes space training mission

Bob Geldof is well on his way to becoming the first Irishman in space after successfully completing his first training mission. The veteran rocker paid out $100,000 (£66,600) on a ticket for a seat on the inaugural Space Expedition Corporation (SXC) commercial flight next year (14), and he is undergoing a gruelling training regime to get in shape for the launch.
Geldof has been working with astronauts in the Netherlands, and had his first experience with a space flight simulator on Thursday (26Sep13).
Pictures from the training day show the 61-year-old Boomtown Rats frontman strapped into the simulator wearing a suit with an Irish flag motif on the left shoulder.