MODEL Emma Quinlan is determined to keep her cosmic connection with NASA's best-known heart-throb from fizzling out.
The 28-year-old model has got 2013 off to a flying start and is preparing to jet off to LA for a reunion with her American beau Bobak Ferdowsi.
NASA heart-throb Bobak hit the headlines last summer during the Mars Curiosity mission thanks to his distinctive Mohawk haircut which earned him the title of the 'sexiest nerd' at the space organisation.
And it seems that Emma has worked her considerable charms on the chiselled boffin as she launches her own mission to keep the romance going.
He flew over to Ireland to spend a few days with her just before Christmas -- and she's obviously keen to repay the favour.
Emma's due to arrive into LAX airport on January 22 when she'll be spending some quality time with Bobak in his home town of Pasadena, California.
The lingerie model has confirmed she'll be heading over to America later on this month.
"I will see him -- it was great hanging out here when he was over."
It's thought that the pair originally met on Twitter and had been sending each other messages over the past number of months, before he decided to take the plunge and travel to Ireland to meet her in person.
The 32-year-old, a systems engineer at NASA, flew into Dublin less than a week before Christmas and the pair headed straight down to Galway for a romantic mini-break.
They booked into a luxury suite in the Twelve Hotel and Emma showed him all the best sights in the City of Tribes.
She then brought him back up to Dublin to meet her parents at her family home in Castleknock before heading for a night out in the capital city.
Beauty Emma will be combining her trip to the US with some work commitments when she travels Stateside.
This is her first public relationship since her split from Leinster rugby player Jamie Heaslip.
The burlesque model, who often uses her pet albino python Bubbles in her routines, will then be back in Dublin to attend the VVIP's on March 28.
Emma has even invited Bobak along to attend them in what would be their first public outing together.