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Astronaut Chris Hadfield taking one-man space show to Belfast's SSE Arena

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield will be visiting Belfast next year for a special live event

CANADIAN astronaut Chris Hadfield will be visiting Belfast next year for a special live event which will find the retired space star looking back on his 35 year long career.

It's billed as "a unique 90 minute presentation" by the first Canadian to make a spacewalk, whose five month stay on the International Space Station in 2012 and 2013 became a social media sensation, notably his zero gravity rendition of David Bowie's Space Oddity.

The show at SSE Arena on February 15 will include "rarely seen videos from space" – and you might even get a song or two: Hadfield's debut album, Space Sessions: Songs From a Tin Can was released in 2015, featuring songs partially recorded during his time commanding the ISS.

Since his retirement from active duty, Chris Hadfield has maintained his media profile, recently hosting the six-part BBC Two series Astronauts: Do you Have What it Takes? which found him putting 12 young wannabe astronauts through their paces.

An Evening With Chris Hadfield will launch the 2018 NI Science Festival, which will feature over 180 events celebrating 'the science of you, the universe and everything in between'.

With events happening in over 50 different venues, the programme will include daytime shows and workshops for children. The full festival programme will be unveiled in January 2018, visit NIsciencefestival.com for more information.

:: Tickets priced from £22.50 are available now via Ticketmaster.ie and Ticketmaster outlets.

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