Dr. Norah Patten

Dr. Norah Patten

Norah Patten was 11 years of age when she visited NASA on a family trip to the United States. From that moment on she was hooked on all things space! Norah was on a mission: she wanted to learn everything she possibly could about space exploration, rockets, and how she could someday become an astronaut.

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 in Florida. She is on course to become Ireland’s first astronaut! In achieving her dream of becoming an astronaut Norah hopes to inspire and encourage the children of Ireland to dream big and reach for the stars!

Norah has given talks at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition and helped to launch the CBI, BoldGirls campaign. She has appeared on TV and radio.

Teaching Resources: free to view and download

Shooting for the Stars - My Journey to Become Ireland’s First Astronaut

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Shooting for the Stars

My Journey to Become Ireland’s First Astronaut

Written by Dr. Dr. Norah Patten, Illustrated by Jennifer Farley

Norah Patten brings you on a journey high above the earth and into space. You will learn about space travel, astronaut training and life without gravity. A fun and engaging book about space and becoming an astronaut: but most importantly this book is about following your dreams no matter how big!