Date: April 26   Time: 19.30-20.30

A Space Careers information evening featuring ESA scientist and systems engineer Laurence O Rourke will take place at 19.30 on Wednesday evening April 26 in association with the European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO) Ireland.

A native of Westmeath, with a double honours degree from NUIM and a Masters from the Tyndall institute in Cork, Laurence O’Rourke has being working for the European Space Agency since 1996, located at 3 of its establishments (ESTEC, ESOC and currently ESAC in Madrid).

As an engineer, he has worked on 6 satellite missions for ESA during this time. As Rosetta Science Operations Manager he jointly leads a large team of scientists and engineers at ESAC. He was also the system engineer on the ESA side for the landing activities of Philae on the comet and headed the work of the Lander Search Group formed to find Philae on the surface of the comet; it was due to his detailed analysis that the famous image of Philae on the surface was successfully taken in September last year. Besides his day to day work on Rosetta, he also works on an exoplanet search mission called PLATO and an asteroid impact mission called AIM.

As a scientist he publishes papers on asteroids and comets and based upon his Nature paper covering the first confirmed detection of water in the asteroid belt he was awarded an asteroid with his name from the IAU.

We are delighted to have Larry with us to speak about :  “The Rosetta mission – Orbiting and Landing on an explosive comet”

A selection of Space Careers videos will feature at the exhibit centre.All are welcome; there is no admission or booking required for this Tech Week event.