British astronaut Major Tim Peake’s blast off into space in 2015 was a life changing event. Not just for the Major, who became the first British astronaut to be sent to the International Space Station, but also for seven year old Hayden Geraghty. For until the countdown to blast off commenced, the young boy, who has autism, had hardly said a word for much of his life. All that changed however when Hayden joined in counting down the take-off of Major Peake’s rocket. Since then it seems the boy from Limavady in Northern Ireland has not looked back as his speech has improved dramatically. His mother Caroline explains “He was a very withdrawn little boy. He didn’t make much eye contact and he was with very into himself,” she said. “We used to worry – are we ever going to find out what Hayden’s all about? As the countdown began, he joined in. It totally transformed him and was the first proper sentence we’d had from him. He’s been talking about space ever since”. Hayden has since become the youngest member of the Astronomy Ireland club and has also met his hero Major Peake. At this rate who’s to say young Hayden won’t become the second British astronaut to go to the Space station.