Commander Chris Hadfield strengthened his bond with the Irish when he sang ‘Danny Boy’ on the International Space Station.
Canada’s space age crooner broadcast the song back to earth as his own homage to Ireland’s national day.
The Irish Times reports that Hadfield posted his two minutes 56 seconds version of the timeless Irish classic onto Twitter.
He introduced it with a tweet that read: “From high above the world to the Irish everywhere. Happy St Patrick's Day”.
The report says Hadfield then tweeted: “Danny Boy strikes home with me, now more than ever. I've recorded a version for today in orbit. Hope you like it.”
The Canadian also posted a picture of himself wearing green on board the ISS which passed over Ireland on Monday morning and also added a picture of Tralee.
Well known to the Irish social media community, Hadfield first came to the attention of Irish people when he snapped a night-time photograph of Dublin with the words as gaeilge: “Tá Éire fíorálainn! Land of green hills dark beer. With Dublin glowing in the Irish night.”
The report adds that this is not the first Irish song that he recorded in space.
Just last month he collaborated with The Chieftains on the Van Morrison classic Moondance as they performed in Houston.