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Astronaut Splashdown in Dublin this July

Dublin, Ireland:  This July promises to be “out of this world” with four great space events organised by Inspire Space as part of their astronaut month.

On Saturday 1st July, Dr. Geoff Steeves will give a detailed overview about his experience competing in his first astronaut recruitment campaign in Canada from May 2008 until May 2009. Through interviews, medical tests, fitness tests, aptitude tests and stress/survival tests, a field of 5351 qualified applicants was narrowed to 16 finalists and ultimately to two.

As a top 16 finalist, Steeves will describe the campaign and highlight some of the amazing and unusual challenges he faced in this talk called “How to be an Astronaut”. He will also discuss how his background as a physicist prepared him for the experience - a not to be missed event for any aspiring Irish astronaut!

On Saturday 15th July, RTÉ radio presenter Rick O’Shea will host NASA astronaut Dan Tani and European Space Agency’s Andrea Boyd for a conversation entitled “Ground Control to Astronaut Dan”. This interactive and informative session will discuss many aspects of space travel including what a typical day in the life of an astronaut is, what it’s like to go for a “space walk” and what happens in the control room on the ground.

Dan’s first spaceflight was aboard space shuttle Endeavour on an 11-day mission to the International Space Station in 2001. During this mission, he performed a space walk to install thermal blankets around the space station solar array gimbals. On his second spaceflight, Dan served as Expedition-16 Flight Engineer and spent 120 days living and working aboard the International Space Station. He was launched to the Station aboard space shuttle Discovery on October 23, 2007, and returned on February 20, 2008 as part of the crew of STS-122 on space shuttle Atlantis. During his tour of duty aboard the space station, Dan logged a total of 34 hours and 59 minutes spacewalk time during five spacewalks. Dan left NASA in 2012 to join Orbital ATK.

Andrea works as a EUROCOM at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne where her job involves daily communications with the astronauts living and working aboard the International Space Station. Andrea is currently in Florida working as CAPCOM on the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) mission, the world’s only undersea research station.

Dr. Norah Patten, co-founder of Inspire Space said of the events: “We are delighted to host these very special events and give the public an opportunity to learn from and interact with an astronaut and international space professionals. With the International Space University celebrating its 30th anniversary of the Space Studies Program this year in Cork, we are excited to extend events to Dublin”

During the July astronaut month, Inspire Space will also be screening two space movies as part of their SPACE MOVIE NIGHT initiative. On Thursday 13th July, Inspire Space will be holding a special screening of Apollo 13 in the Science Gallery Dublin. On Thursday 20th July, to celebrate the anniversary of the Apollo moon landings there will be a screening of The Martian at Movies @ Dundrum.

Tickets for all events are available now at Book early to avoid disappointment.


About Inspire Space:

Inspire Space organises space related public outreach events and provides opportunities for people to participate in space related activities in Ireland. Inspire Space organises regular space networking events and supports students who wish to pursue a career in the space sector. For more details about Inspire Space check our website at

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For Further Information:

Dr. Norah Patten

Inspire Space, 32 Nassau Street, Dublin 2


Phone: 087 - 6469017

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