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Chris Hadfield is the Canadian astronaut that has been capturing the imagination of millions from the International space station hundreds of miles above the earth’s atmosphere.
We spoke with his son Evan Hadfield, who is largely responsible for setting up the Twitter account that allows his father to share breathtaking photos of the world.
Chris was the first person to tweet in Irish from Space - when he posted an image of Dublin, with the message "Tá Éire fíorálainn".
But his son Evan says the Commander is simply his 'Dad':
Chris delighted social networking users this week by tweeting a photo of a twinkling Dublin from the International Space Station.
The astronaut has been exploring exciting cities around the world for the last few months by regularly tweeting pictures from miles above the atmosphere.
On Monday evening, Commander Hadfield got retweeted over 1,000 times in under 30 minutes for sending this tweet:
Tá Éire fíorálainn! Land of green hills and dark beer. With capital Dublin glowing in the Irish night. twitter.com/Cmdr_Hadfield/…— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) February 18, 2013
Page one of the Irish Times tells us that the reponse to Hadfield’s tweet was immense, with many tweeting their praise back to him in Irish. The astronaut responded “Wow, I can feel the warmth of the Irish all the way up up – go raibh maith agaibh!”.
It's not the first time that the spaceman has tweeted Dublin. Back in January, he took this snaphot of Dublin from his window to the stars.
And it's hardly a surprise. During a question and answer session on the user website Reddit, Hadfield revealed that his daughter is currently in Ireland. When asked how his family were doing he replied:
"My family is fine – in fact my son Evan is helping support my social media, and taught me how to use Reddit. My other son is in China and turns 30 tomorrow (Happy Birthday Kyle!) and my daughter is in Ireland. I talked with my wife today, she’s fine too – all were at launch in Kazakhstan."