"We've had our breath taken away this morning to be led in here into this place. It is an amazing church of possibilities. We're here to pay homage," Fox News quoted Bono as telling the astronauts. Space tourist Guy Laliberte, the billionaire founder of Cirque du Soleil, who recently returned on Earth after an 11-day stint in space, also joined in on the call via another phone.
Bono told Laliberte: "You're the first artist in space and that's an amazing thing." He then asked the astronauts: "Was it different having an artist rather than an engineer or a scientist with you?"
De Winne replied: "It was for sure different to have an artist up here. Guy was a big professional up here. He did very well, we all enjoyed it terribly. We don't usually run around in red noses, so it was a change for us for sure."