Over the moon: Mayo woman to become first Irish person in space – TheLiberal.ie – Our News, Your Views

Over the moon: Mayo woman to become first Irish person in space




It is planned that a Dublin-based employee of a space research business will become the first astronaut from Ireland, reports RTE.

Dr. Norah Patten, a Dublin resident and employee of Realtra Space Systems Engineering in Coolock, is originally from Co Mayo and will be participating in a research voyage aboard Virgin Galactic’s next commercial spaceship, which is scheduled to launch in 2026.

She is a member of a crew that the International Institute for Astronautical Sciences (IIAS) is sending to further scientific understanding of maintaining life in space, reports RTE.

This mission builds on the Institute’s previous one from the previous year.

The voyage will be carried out by Dr. Patten and two other researchers from the US and Canada on Virgin Galactic’s second-generation spaceship, reports RTE.

Tell us your thoughts in the Facebook post and share this with your friends.

Share this story with a friend

Share this story

Tell us what you think on our Facebook page