Ireland has a long established history of astronomy and space research. The country has developed a thriving space industry and research community in recent years, this is thanks in many ways to the country’s membership in the European Space Agency (ESA). Many of Ireland’s leading universities have their own space research groups. You can learn more about these by clicking the button below.
Projects and Missions
Irish and Ireland-based astronomers are involved in many international consortia and astrophysical research projects. Some of the projects with heavy Irish involvement are listed below.
The European Space Agency is an international organisation with 18 member states; Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, it can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country.