Adam King's hand-drawn hug has made it into space

Ireland's favourite astronaut-in-training comes one step closer to his dream
Adam King's hand-drawn hug has made it into space

Adam King with his father David: his virtual hug has gone stratospheric. Pic: Andres Poveda

Cork's Adam King has endeared himself to the country with his virtual hugs and winsome personality, but today, the Late Late Toy Show star has come one step closer to his dream of becoming an astronaut - seeing his hand-drawn hug beaming down on the Earth from space.

Over the course of lockdown, Adam's message of connection and kindness touched a lot of people, in Ireland and beyond - including Aileen Hayes, one of the directors of private space travel company Virgin Galactic.

As word of his grá for travel beyond our earthly bounds began to spread, including to former International Space Station commander Chris Hadfield, it would only be apropos for Adam's symbol of hope to go from windows and the national postmark, to a trip to the atmosphere.

It follows the news of the next step of Adam's earthbound journey - starring in his own animated series, 'Adam ❤ Adventure!', that will see him go to space with the help of his friends, made with the collaboration of Kavaleer Productions and the support of kids' broadcaster RTÉ Jr.

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