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Norah Patten, Dr.

Aeronautical Engineer, Scientist-Astronaut Candidate, Changemaker

Norah is an inspiring speaker, passionate about space and STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths). Norah draws on her lifelong personal journey to get to space, encouraging and motivating others to shoot for the stars.


Dr. Norah Patten is an experienced communicator and has shared her inspiring lifelong journey on national television and radio, and through numerous interviews and keynote speeches. She is a faculty member at the International Space University and, in 2017, became Ireland’s first scientist-astronaut candidate with Project PoSSUM (Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere).

She is a passionate STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) advocate and created ‘Planet Zebunar’ to inspire the next generation of engineers, astronauts, scientists and innovators. Through a partnership with NanoRacks, Norah initiated and managed ‘The Only Way is Up’ project which launched Ireland’s first student experiment to the International Space Station in 2014.

Dr. Norah Patten is determined to become Ireland’s first person in space and is on a mission to encourage others to shoot for the stars because the sky is no longer the limit.

  • Space and STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths)
  • Inspiration, motivation and ambition
  • My lifelong journey to space
  • Personal progress

"Hey Norah, I heard you speak at the STEM aspire event this morning in Dell -Cherrywood, I just want to say how amazed I was at your journey through life, the definition of true determination and knowing what you wanted to do in life. I hope you achieve your life goal of reaching space, I hope to follow your progress. I know as an employee of Dell your story has driven me to be the best version of myself and strive for the positions I dream of here. I can only hope your story reached others and especially those young girls that attended! Thanks again." Attendee at Dell STEM Aspire event (February, 2018)

"Dr Norah Patten delivered an excellent keynote address at the National Project Management Conference in 2018.  She provided amazing insights into the processes and systems behind space exploration, and tailored her talk to be very relevant to the audience. Feedback from attendees was excellent and I can strongly recommend Norah as a speaker who brings a unique perspective and authenticity. " Pat Lucey, President Ireland Chapter PMI (April, 2018)

"The interview with Norah in Season One of the Podcast was (and still is) one of the most listened to shows I’ve released so far. The conversation was broad ranging as Norah shared her story and ambitions for the future. It’s such an inspirational journey so far. She even agreed to come back for a part 2 after she realises her goal and becomes Ireland’s first space traveller. " Rob O’Donogue, Rob of the Green Podcasts (June, 2018)

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