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Thursday 30 March 2023 Dublin: 14°C

# Satellite

Last year
European Space Agency to launch Ireland's first satellite early next year
It will orbit 520km above Earth’s surface in what is known as low Earth orbit.
Scientists use satellite data to detect offshore methane leak for the first time
Methane is responsible for roughly 30 percent of the global rise in temperatures to date.
All time
# Galileo
Four new EU satellites have been launched into space
It’s hoped that the satellites will improve security systems and locators.
'Mystery' signal from space is solved and it's not aliens
It turns out the noise was just interference from a distant satellite.
# we have liftoff
European Space Agency gives go-ahead for Ireland's first satellite
An Irish project was selected by the ESA’s Fly Your Satellite! (FYS) programme.
# violation
Ireland condemns North Korea's launch of rocket into space
The launch violated multiple UN resolutions.
# Courts
90-year-old woman brought to court and ordered to pay €1,500 for having a satellite dish on her house
Peg Rudd says she is “very annoyed” about the case.
# eye in the sky
Quiz: Can you tell this landmark from above?
Are you an eye in the sky?
# eye in the sky
QUIZ: Can you tell these international cities from satellite photos?
Think you learned nothing from geography?
# 1984 State Papers
In 1983 there was a chance a Soviet spy satellite would fall on Ireland
There was one in 10,000 chance nuclear-powered Cosmo 1402 would fall over Ireland.
# fair-ly far away city
Here's what Dublin looks like from the International Space Station
‘Mon the Dubs!
# love rocket
Sex geckos freeze to death after being sent to space by Russia
Their fruit fly companions survived, however, and successfully did the dirty up in space.
# slashing rain
BBC Weather had an unfortunate NSFW moment with a rain cloud
Showers, heavy at times.
# up up and away
Nasa cancels satellite launch with just 46 seconds to go
The spacecraft will orbit at 705 kilometres above Earth and will provide the first complete picture of the effects of climate change.
# World Cup 2014
32 eye-opening satellite photos from every country in the World Cup
All the competitors from Algeria to Uruguay, photographed from space.
# imagery
Google buys satellite company Skybox Imaging for $500 million
The acquisition will see Skybox’s satellites being used to keep Google Maps up to date as well as help it improve internet access and disaster relief.
# Satellite of love
These Limerick students built a satellite in a can and won a European prize
The team from Crescent College Comprehensive came third in a European competition for their CanSat.
# internet for all
Google plans to build 180 satellites to help provide global internet service
The project, which will cost the company more than $1 billion, will see its satellites orbit the earth at lower altitudes than traditional satellites and will provide internet access to remote parts of the world.
# Liftoff
ESA set to launch new earth monitoring satellite into orbit later today
The Sentinel-1A satellite is a polar-orbiting, all-weather, day and night radar imaging satellite which will be used for land and ocean services.
Column: Can big data save our planet’s forests?
Are we winning the fight against deforestation? Now there’s a way to check – and hold businesses and governments to account, write Oliver Mylius and Hans Zomer.
# malaysian airlines
Satellite images of possible missing plane debris released by Chinese government
The pictures were taken by a satellite on Sunday.
# Look Out
Satellite crashes into the Atlantic, but what about next one?
How often do satellites crash to earth and should we be worried?
# Satellite
European satellite to crash to earth this weekend
The chances of a human being hit are about 65,000 times lower than getting struck by lightning, the European Space Agency.
# Satellite
Irish to compete in €1 million satellite ideas competition
The top prize is €1 million and the prestigious title of ‘Galileo Master’.
# Asteroid
Asteroid to pass Earth at 'remarkably close distance'
NASA said the asteroid will not hit earth but it will make the closest ever approach for an object so large.
# Technology
Dublin start-up wins at European Space Agency technology awards
Vicinity Systems was named the Irish winner and shortlisted for the ESA Special Prize for Innovation at the international Galileo Masters competition.
# Xenja
Did you know today's storm has a name?...
Welcome to Ireland, Xenja!
# Space
New satellite photo shows Mars rover exploring the Red Planet
See the first colour photograph of the pale blue bot.
# Syria
Syria: Amnesty releases satellite images of Aleppo activity
Images taken in and around Aleppo recently show increased use of heavy weapons in the area.
# Weather
Enjoy the sunshine while you can...
It won’t be here all weekend.
# Weather
PIC: The latest satellite image of cloud-covered Ireland
In good news, it looks like there’s a bright spot over Mayo…
# North Korea
GALLERY: North Korea unveils massive statues of former leaders
The statues of Kim Jong-Il and his father, Kim Il-Sung, are unveiled to mark the latter’s 100th birthday this weekend.
# North Korea
VIDEO: North Korean rocket shatters after launch
The rocket splintered into pieces over the sea just a minute or two after taking off.
# North Korea
In pictures: Welcome to the North Korean space control centre!
Take a peek inside the base holding the regime’s most advanced technology.
# North Korea
Flight paths changed as North Korea prepares for rocket launch
North Korean space officials said today that all assembly and preparations for a planned satellite launch have been completed – and continued to deny it is a cover for missile test.
# Good News
PIC: A cloudless Ireland at 6am today
Update: The noon satellite pic is even clearer. Nice.
# Japan
WATCH: Tsunami debris spreading across the Pacific towards Hawaii
Homes, boats, cars, household appliances and other objects were washed into the ocean following the tsunami last year. This animated model shows how it is still moving across the Pacific.
# city lights
NASA's spectacular satellite photos of cities at night
NASA’s satellite images of cities at night are awe-inspiring, with Cork, Dublin, El Paso and Chicago all looking radically different when just their city lights are on show.
# Space
Watch: ISS crew returns to Earth as NASA issues warning to remaining team
A piece of debris from a destroyed Chinese satellite is expected to pass close by the ISS tomorrow.
# Falling
Falling satellite enters atmosphere, scientists not sure where it will land
Another defunct satellite is due to fall to earth today. This one belongs to Germany (in case you find any of it).