MODEL Emma Quinlan is on a special mission to California to link up with her hunky NASA boyfriend.
The burlesque dancer has captured the attentions of Bobak Ferdowsi (33) -- billed as the 'sexiest nerd' at the space organisation, thanks to his distinctive mohawk.
Ferdowsi took part in this week's inauguration of US President Barack Obama, marching in the parade alongside replicas of Curiosity and the Orion spacecraft, along with other NASA scientists.
Emma, who's due to meet up with Bobak in his home town of Pasadena, had only arrived over in the US when she landed a coveted invite to a showbiz wrap party in LA. She bumped into top actor Neil Patrick Harris of How I Met Your Mother fame during her first night out and obviously hit it off.
Emma posted up a pic of herself with the star, describing him as "unreal and lovely."
The former girlfriend of Jamie Heaslip will be spending the next two weeks soaking up the sun and sight-seeing with her other half.
She originally met the American Systems engineer on Twitter a few months ago.
He flew over to Ireland to spend a few days with her before Christmas.