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special message Astronaut Chris Hadfield invites Toy Show star Adam to 'talk space' with him


The little Cork boy who stole the hearts of the nation on last night’s Late Late Show has been impressing even more visitors today.

Adam King, the six-year-old who shared his dream to be a capsule communicator for NASA, has become a star overnight following his appearance on the Toy Show.

He has even received an invite from famous Canadian astronaut and former commander of the International Space Station Chris Hadfield who told the little lad, “We should talk space together”.

Today, Gearóid Morrissey of Cork FC tweeted: ‘What a privilege we had meeting this legend Adam King who was brilliant on last night’s Toy Show, as he visited Adam in hospital after his big night.

Adam, who has brittle bones and uses a wheelchair, had told Ryan how that he loved space and wanted to be ‘CAPCOM in NASA.

“It’s captain in ground control,” he explained but when Ryan asked if he would like to be an astronaut one day, Adam replied: “I can’t be an astronaut because I have brittle bones.”

But he the demonstrated how he great he would be at the job by leading a take-off countdown for a rocket that Ryan got into in the studio.

The young man’s expression of his desire touched the hearts of people around the world with people and organisations immediately reacting.

One tweet from the Irish Embassy in the USA read: ‘Per aspera ad Astra, Adam. Keep looking to the stars young man. In the meantime, we’ll reach out to our friends @NASA & see if they can’t help bring your dreams a little closer.’

Canadian astronaut and former commander of the International Space Station Chris Hadfield tweeted: ‘Adam – I’ve been lucky enough to CAPCOM many spaceflights. We should talk space together. Take care, be good – Chris.’

Aeronautical engineer Dr Norah Patten also reached out, tweeting: ‘Adam, you’re a star… I would love to meet you sometime and hear all about your love of space.’

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Former manager at NASA, Herb Baker, also put Adam in touch with some colleagues, tweeted: ‘Hey Adam – Loved seeing you on the #LateLateToyShow. I’m retired from @NASA but I have some friends that are Capcoms, like @Astro_Jessica, and I’ll bet they would love for you to achieve your dreams and talk to astronauts from the ground when you grow up, like they do! Ad Astra!’

Adam appeared on the show with his stuffed rabbit Bubby and a paper heart, which he uses as a virtual hug as he can’t touch anyone because of Covid-19.

He singled out a particular porter at Temple Street Children’s Hospital, John Doyle, who he hadn’t seen in months due to restrictions.

But when John came out on stage Adam lit up.

John said: “Adam has such an infectious smile, that even the darkest planet out there would light up. Everybody he meets, he just brings the best out in them. He’s unbelievable. ‘He’s an absolute hero… I am actually humbled that Adam is my friend.”

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