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Saturday 1 April 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# Moon

This week
26th March 2023 - 1st April 2023
# water on the moon
Scientists discover new source of water in moon samples from China mission
Water was embedded in tiny glass beads in the lunar dirt.
Last week
19th March 2023 - 1st April 2023
# European Space Agency
Large asteroid to safely zoom between Earth and Moon this evening in once-in-a-decade event
Small asteroids fly past every day, but one of this size coming so close to Earth only happens around once every 10 years.
This year
# Astronomy
Moon and Mars to appear close to each other in night sky during rare 'conjunction' tonight
It has been called “one of the most amazing sights” in the night sky this month.
Last year
# dearmooon
Irish-born woman to join Japanese billionaire on first civilian flight to moon
Hackney-based Rhiannon Adam, who was born in Cork, is among eight crew picked by Yusaku Maezawa for the trip.
# grounded
SpaceX mission carrying DCU samples to the moon postponed by 24 hours
The samples are set to become the first Irish samples to reach the moon since the 1970s.
NASA spacecraft comes within 80 miles of Moon ahead of record-breaking orbit
The capsule will travel nearly 250,000 miles from Earth, the longest distance for a spacecraft designed for astronauts.
# Artemis
NASA successfully launches new powerful rocket heading for the Moon
It was third time lucky for NASA after two previous launch attempts were canceled for technical reasons.
# Let's Get Quizzical
Quiz: How much do you know about the Moon?
Nasa has again rescheduled its long-delayed uncrewed mission to the Moon.
# Artemis
Long-delayed, uncrewed NASA Moon mission delayed again due to storm
It is the third delay of the highly-anticipated launch in as many months.
# Florida
Nasa postpones rocket launch to the moon for the second time
The launch was originally planned for 29 August but had to be abandoned moments before lift-off due to issues with an engine.
# Your Say
Poll: Will you watch the Nasa launch today?
The test is an uncrewed mission around the moon.
# we have a problem
Nasa's Artemis 1 moon rocket launch postponed due to engine issue
The next available launch date for the mission will be on Friday, but a decision has not yet been made on whether it will go ahead.
# houston we have a plant
Scientists successfully grow plants in soil from the moon
The ground-breaking experiment has given researchers hope that it may be possible to one day grow plants directly on the moon.
# whoops
Astronomers say the rocket set to hit the Moon was built by China not SpaceX
A rocket will strike the lunar surface on March 4.
All time
# eclipse
A partial lunar eclipse will be visible from Ireland tomorrow morning
The partial lunar eclipse is due to begin around 07.18am.
# Moon wobble
Moon 'wobble' to cause surge of severe flooding in 2030s, Nasa warns
Flooding will affect almost all US mainland coastlines, sometimes in clusters that could last over a month.
# Chang’e 5
Chinese lunar capsule brings Moon rocks back to Earth for the first time since 1970s
The Chang’e 5 probe touched down in Inner Mongolia yesterday.
Chinese spacecraft blasts off from moon with cargo of lunar rocks
Chang’e 5 will return to earth with 2kg of moon rocks – it is expected to touch down in Mongolia later this month.
# Chang’e 5
China probe lands on moon in bid to return lunar rocks to Earth
It is one step on a programme to send a manned mission to the satellite.
# Chang’e 5
China's mission to bring back material from moon blasts off
Some experts say the mission could pave the way for a crewed lunar mission.
More water on the moon than previously thought, researchers find
The findings may have implications for future missions to the moon.
Quiz: How much do you know about the Moon?
NASA is to announce “new science results” about the Moon tomorrow.
# evening quiz
Quiz: How much do you know about the Apollo 11 moon landing?
Today marks 51 years since the launch of Apollo 11.
# Stargazing
Pink supermoon set to grace the skies over Ireland tonight
Despite its name, there won’t be any dramatic colour change.
# Moon Landing
A 'deep' partial eclipse of the moon takes place this evening
There won’t be another one for 2 years, so Astronomy Ireland is asking people to send photos of the eclipse into them.
# One Small Step
'The excitement of it was magical': How Ireland tuned in to watch Apollo 11 make history
It was in the early hours of 21 July 1969 that Irish audiences first heard Neil Armstrong’s famous words as he stepped onto the surface.
# Lights out
PHOTOS: Thousands turn out to watch rare total solar eclipse in South America
Solar eclipses happen when the Sun, Moon and Earth line up, allowing the Moon to cast its shadow on Earth.
# beresheet
'We didn't make it': Israel's moon landing attempt fails at last minute
The craft suffered an engine failure when it was preparing to land this evening.
# change 4
Chinese spacecraft makes first landing on moon's far side
China plans to send its Chang’e 5 probe to the moon next year.
# Out of this World
Quiz: How much do you know about the moon?
This quiz is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind*.
# the bloodening
Tonight's blood moon is the longest of the 21st century - here's when you can see it best
The lunar eclipse coincides with a close passing of Mars in tonight’s sky.
# North Korea
Trump to meet South Korean leader in Washington as Kim Jong Un summit hangs in the balance
Moon Jae-in jets into Washington on a mission to salvage a rare diplomatic opening.
# star gazing
Pics: Here's how the first supermoon of the year looked around the world last night
Did you see it?
# Look Up
The first of two supermoons this month will be visible tonight
It’ll reach its closest point to Earth at around 10pm.
# Stargazing
The supermoon had people staring wide-eyed at the heavens last night
Some cloud hampered things for Irish stargazers.
# Lights out
WATCH: Check out this livestream of the solar eclipse
The solar eclipse will plunge parts of the US into darkness this afternoon.
# Lights out
The United States is about to experience the best eclipse in a lifetime... but how long does Ireland have to wait?
Ages, is the answer.
# Lunar Palace
Chinese students are living in a cabin for 200 days to simulate living on the moon
Lunar Palace simulates a long-term space mission to the moon.
# wise investment
A woman who bought dust from first moon landing for €900 selling it for €3.5 million
The moon fragments had almost been thrown out once before.
# walking in space
'I didn't want to be known as the person who broke something on the Hubble telescope'
A former Nasa astronaut talks to us about his time in space, and the goal of humans reaching Mars.