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Do you have a little dreamer in your life? One who always has their head in the clouds? If so, then Shooting for the Stars: My Journey to Become Ireland’s First Astronaut should be on your gift list this holiday season.
Norah Patten, became infatuated with the idea of going into space from the time she was just 11 years old, when she visited NASA with her family. She went on to graduate with degrees in aeronautical engineering and Space science from the University of Limerick and she is now the first Irish astronaut. She hails from Ballina, County Mayo, Ireland.
Shooting for the Stars: My Journey to Become Ireland’s First Astronaut is a delight. Filled with personal photos, whimsical illustrations (by Jennifer Farley), and loads of information on space training and how astronauts actually live in space. Easy to understand explanations of space experiments, how space suites work, how they eat and sleep in space (even how they use the bathroom facilities)!
Shooting For The Stars: My Journey To Become Ireland’s First Astronaut
- Hardcover: 44 pages
- Publisher: The O’Brien Press (November 16, 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1788491009
- ISBN-13: 978-1788491006
In 2017 Dr. Norah Patten, from Ballina in Co. Mayo, was one of 12 participants from around the world selected to take part in a unique scientist-astronaut training programme, Project Possum. She is now on course to become Ireland’s first astronaut!
Follow Norah as she brings you on a journey high above the earth and into space. You will learn about space travel, astronaut training and life without gravity. Norah will answer those all-important questions such as how long does it take to become an astronaut and where exactly astronauts go to the toilet?!
• Did you know that our sun is a star, just like all the stars we see at night?
• Did you know that, in space, the astronauts have to use special ropes to hold themselves down while running on the treadmill?
A fun and engaging book about space and becoming an astronaut but most importantly a book about following your dreams no matter how big!