Thursday 20 June 2019

Wallet Watch...with the woman on a mission to become Ireland’s first space explorer

Dr. Niamh Shaw
Dr. Niamh Shaw
Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

Dr. Niamh Shaw is an engineer and scientist who is on a mission to become Ireland’s first space explorer.

She has just returned from her second simulated Mars expedition which took place in the Negev desert in Israel.

Are you a Spender or Saver?

I'm kind of neither. I've stripped my life back to be as financially compact as possible, so I have very little spare cash to go spending.

But it's not necessarily being saved either! All my money goes towards making my space expeditions happen. Every penny brings me one step closer to becoming Ireland’s first space explorer!

What has been your biggest purchase to-date?

I got to go to Star City in Moscow and I visited the Cosmonaut Training Facility where I went on a Zero Gravity flight.

I got some sponsorship but I had to fund the majority of that trip myself. I am one of the few people in the world who have experienced the feeling of weightlessness. Money well spent!

Dr. Niamh Shaw
Dr. Niamh Shaw

Do you prefer cash or card?

Cash definitely

What are three things you couldn’t live without?

My computer, my camera, and my flight suit! All of which I use to document, capture and share the experiences that I have had so far on my space adventures. Priceless!

What would be your largest monthly outgoing?

Rent first and foremost, but also my monthly savings at the moment are going towards my mission to Baikonaur in June.

European Space Agency’s Alexander Gerst is heading to the international space station and I’ll be there to witness his launch.

What has been the best financial advice that you ever received?

Save 10pc of your salary every month (which was great at the time- but that's not really as feasible when you're freelance)

Dr Shaw will appear in Arnotts on March 31 as part of the department store’s interactive STEM (science, technology, engineering, & maths) weekend.

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