An astrophysics professor from Trinity is to play a key role in a €5bn space mission at the European Space Agency (ESA).
Peter Gallagher has been appointed as an adviser to the Director of Science at the ESA.
In his role with the Space Science Advisory Committee (SSAC), Professor Gallagher will be charged with interpreting the views and needs of the European science community's access to space experimentation.
ESA will invest over €5bn in space exploration in the coming decade.
Along with the 11 other members of the SSAC, Professor Gallagher will also implement a number of space missions under the ESA Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 strategy. Cosmic Vision will address several questions including what are the conditions for planet formation and the emergence of life, and how does the Solar System work?