Feeds

Tell me why I don't like Moon days: Bob Geldof heads into SPAAACE

'First rock astronaut' to leave 3rd rock from the Sun

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Sir Bob Geldof has dubbed himself the "first rock astronaut" after confirming that he'll be on a trip to space in 2015 with the Space Expedition Corporation.

Bob Geldof

The Boomtown Rat said he was given the chance to go on the trip after his band agreed to perform at a charity ball where further flights on the same trip will be auctioned off.

"Being the 'first Irishman in space' is not only a fantastic honour, but pretty mind-blowing!" he said. "The first rock astronaut space rat! Elvis may have left the building, but Bob Geldof will have left the planet! Wild!"

"Who would have thought it possible in my lifetime," he added.

The 61-year-old musician will fly to space on the two-person Lynx X2 – a privately built spacecraft which has horizontal take-off and landing – an opportunity being offered to three fellow 'nauts who will bid for flights at the charity event.

The Lynx X2 will take the group 100km into space in a total trip that's expected to take just an hour, with five or six minutes weightlessness at the apogee.

The flights have been organised by Space Expedition Corporation and World Privilege Card, which are raising the money for Arms Around The Child, a charity that helps orphans and street children affected by HIV, and The Milestone Foundation's Passion Project, which combats youth unemployment.

Other items up for auction at the ball at the Natural History Museum in London include a diamond-encrusted watch and a car ride with former Formula One drivers. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy
Press conference: ME ME ME ME ME ME ME (cont'd pg 94)
Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media
Not paying Murdoch? You're gonna get a right LEGALLING - thanks to automated software
Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media
No Mr Fuzz, don't ask a crime victim to be your pal on Facebook
Ballmer quits Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls
From Clippy to Clippers: Hi, I see you're running an NBA team now ...
Online tat bazaar eBay coughs to YET ANOTHER outage
Web-based flea market struck dumb by size and scale of fail
Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE
Can't face sea of wobbling fondle implements. What happened to lighters, eh?
Amazon takes swipe at PayPal, Square with card reader for mobes
Etailer plans to undercut rivals with low transaction fee offer
Call of Duty daddy considers launching own movie studio
Activision Blizzard might like quality control of a CoD film
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.