Space Expedition Corporation says that Sir Bob Geldof has completed his first training missing to become an astronaut on an upcoming flight to space.
He completed the training at a space flight simulator in The Netherlands.
Geldof says he was very impressed by the realistic flight simulation of the XCOR Lynx spacecraft and is now even more excited about his actual flight to space with SXC.
The singer, philanthropist and Nobel Price nominee says he was offered the trip as a birthday gift.
"Being the first Irishman in space is not only a fantastic honor but pretty mind-blowing, Geldof says. "The first rock astronaut space rat! Elvis may have left the building but Bob Geldof will have left the planet!"
SXC Founder Michiel Mol says, "He is an icon of social responsibility and in projects like Live Aid, he proved that entertainment and meaningfulness can be a great combination."
Geldof will be undertaking his first step of training in the space flight simulator based in the Netherlands September 26, 2013. He says he's not even a fan of roller coasters.
SXC is planning to launch 100 people into space next year. The launch will take passengers 62 miles into space.
It is charging $100,000 a ticket for the initial flight. It is unclear if Geldof will be on that flight.
Geldof is the former headman of British band Boomtown Rats and in the 80s, he initiated the successful benefit concerts Band Aid and Live Aid to raise money for Africa.
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