We need to nurture wonder of space, says Mars mission scientist
A Dundalk woman will be included in a team of six scientists to embark on a simulated Mars mission in the Utah Desert next January.
An excited Dr Niamh Shaw says the mission will be a huge experience and will bring her one step closer to realising her dream
"It will be an amazing adventure. It's my own life's mission to get to space one day and show everyone that if you dream big enough and work hard enough, anything is possible," she said.
Dr Shaw confesses that she is also passionate about awakening children's curiosity in space and getting more people interested in an area many feel is out of bounds.
The science and engineering graduate has merged her academic and artistic performance skills and now creates science events for family audiences.
"New data suggests that children decide what they want to be when they grow up by the age of 10," she said.
"Parents are often the main influences in early life and an interest in science may be stifled if not reinforced at home.
"We just need to nurture that wonder of space that everyone has at a young age to ensure it lasts for a lifetime."