Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Leprechauns in Space?

What better way to celebrate the contributions of Ireland's Space Program than St. Patrick's Day?

Yes, Ireland has a space program. In fact, Ireland was the 11th member of the European Space Agency, joining in December of 1980, just three months after the first 10 members created the group.

Ireland's scientific community has played an integral part in many ESA programs including the design and operation of the Herschel Telescope.

So far Ireland has not launched any astronauts of their own, but surely that is merely a matter of time.

The Shadow of the Telescope: A Biography of John Herschel. Translated by B.E.J. Pagel. Edited and with an Introduction by David S. Evans. Illustrated with Photographs and Drawings.

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