A six-year-old Irish boy captured the hearts of TV viewers when he shared his dreams of joining a space mission and attracted the interest of NASA.
Adam King appeared on the Irish show “The Let, Little Toy Show,” on Friday, where he talked about his hope of working in the Mission Control Center when he grows up.
The disabled student received letters of support from high-ranking astronauts and US and European space agencies.
“We look forward to one day joining our Dreamers team,” NASA wrote on Twitter.
Adam was among many very young guests to appear on the Christmas episode of Ireland’s longest running TV show.
“The Late Toy Show” on Irish state television is an annual tradition for many Irish families. Children are invited to test the latest games and gadgets and provide their reviews, which are often very honest.
Toy Lab Adam of County Cork became the star of this year’s show when he spoke about his high career ambitions.
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” Asked host Ryan Topredi.
Adam replied, “Capcom at NASA.”
This abbreviation refers to the role of the spacecraft caller that provides a communication link between flight control and the astronauts.
“Were you wanting to be an astronaut at some point?” The host inquired.
“Well, I cannot become an astronaut because my bones are fragile,” Adam explained, adding that he hopes to work with Earth Control instead.
Adam then demonstrated his skills by giving instructions as the host prepared to launch into space in a custom-made cardboard rocket.
When Topridi asked his young guest to count to three to test the microphone, Adam quickly corrected him.
Misr said, “No, this is the real countdown – it starts at twelve.”
Clips of the show spread widely on social media, reaching NASA, which tweeted: “Adam’s kind heart and adventurous spirit inspire us.”
“There is room for everyone at NASA, and we can’t wait until he joins our Dreamers team one day. We’ll be by his side when he’s ready.”
His illustrious performances also reached the likes of Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield.
Hadfield tweeted: “Adam – I’ve been lucky enough to have been Capcom on so many space trips. We have to talk about space together.”
British astronaut Tim Peck described Adam as a “superstar”, adding that the child was “warming hearts when we needed it most.”
“We need your entry into the flight control center,” added Beck, referring to the European Space Agency.
US astronaut Shane Kimbro invited an Irish child to the Johnson Space Center.
“Adam – I took inspiration from you a lot! I can’t wait to meet you one day. I hope to see you at Johnson Space Center soon!”
Adam is a former patient at Temple Street Children’s Hospital in Dublin, and during the program he met hospital porter John Doyle.
“Adam has a smile that is so contagious that it just makes the darkest planet in the world light up,” Doyle said.
“And he brings out the best in the people he meets – he’s amazing.”