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#Space Exploration

# space-exploration - Saturday 7 September, 2019

India's space agency says it lost contact with spacecraft minutes before planned moon landing

The country aimed to be the first to land in the Southern Polar region.

# space-exploration - Saturday 20 October, 2018

Mission to discover the mysteries of Mercury blasts off

The BepiColombo blasted off from French Guiana earlier today.

# space-exploration - Monday 25 September, 2017

There's a European plan to have 100 people living on the Moon by 2040 Fly Me To The Moon This post contains videos

There's a European plan to have 100 people living on the Moon by 2040

The European Space Agency says it needs political backing.

# space-exploration - Friday 10 March, 2017

A Trinity professor will play a big role in space exploration

Professor Peter Gallagher has been appointed as an adviser to the Director of Science at the European Space Agency.

# space-exploration - Saturday 18 February, 2017

Last-minute glitch forces SpaceX rocket to cancel launch with 13 seconds left on countdown

The earliest a relaunch can be attempted is tomorrow morning.

# space-exploration - Monday 14 March, 2016

WATCH: Spacecraft blasts off in new mission to search for life on Mars

The key goal is to analyse methane, a gas which is created in large by living microbes.

# space-exploration - Tuesday 21 July, 2015

Tiny steel part blamed for rocket explosion that caused $110 million damage

Back to the drawing board for Elon Musk’s company.

# space-exploration - Sunday 28 June, 2015

What's under the icy seas of Europa? NASA plans to find out

The hope is that a new prototype will be able to explore distant planets with potential habitable oceans.

# space-exploration - Saturday 27 June, 2015

If we're going to Mars, where are we going to land, live and work on the red planet?

NASA said it’s aiming to send people to Mars in 2030.

# space-exploration - Friday 5 June, 2015

This space suit isn't from a new sci-fi movie. NASA astronauts might wear this to Mars

For the first time since 1982, NASA is in the process of testing new space suit prototypes.

# space-exploration - Friday 20 March, 2015

Poll: Do you think the Mars One project will succeed? Your Say This post contains a poll This post contains videos

Poll: Do you think the Mars One project will succeed?

Bas Lansdorp denied the project is a sham.

# space-exploration - Wednesday 28 January, 2015

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These 7 days are historically the deadliest in NASA history

On this day in 1986, the shuttle Challenger exploded just 73 seconds after launch.

# space-exploration - Tuesday 20 January, 2015

Beaming the internet down from space looks like Google's next project

Reports say Google are planning a big investment in SpaceX.

# space-exploration - Saturday 17 January, 2015

Did you know that the US left poo on the moon?

They did. And it was for a good reason.

# space-exploration - Friday 14 November, 2014

'Get your ass to Mars': Buzz Aldrin wants humans to permanently occupy Mars

The second man to land on the Moon said those that travel to Mars shouldn’t envisage that they will ever return to Earth.

# space-exploration - Wednesday 12 November, 2014

The Rosetta probe comet landing cost us... €3.50 each

Hmm, that’s OK then.

# space-exploration - Tuesday 11 November, 2014

Space exploration has a new major player in town...Google

The giant web company is spending nearly €1 billion on a San Francisco air base.

# space-exploration - Saturday 25 October, 2014

# space-exploration - Friday 19 September, 2014

'It's not like Star Trek': This is a big weekend for NASA's plans to land a human on Mars

The MAVEN spacecraft, a scout for human explorers, is approaching the red planet

# space-exploration - Friday 11 July, 2014

The most spectacular piece of rubbish you're likely to see

Space junk from a Russian rocket lit up the Australian sky.

# space-exploration - Thursday 10 July, 2014

SpaceX are to launch a solar powered ship that will sail up into orbit

A few weeks into orbit, the LightSail’s wings will expand, making it visible from Earth.

# space-exploration - Thursday 10 April, 2014

Column: Look up! The Red Planet is continuing to shine brightly in the night sky

With Mars currently in opposition, and shining with an orange tinge, Conor Farrell explores our fascination with the Red Planet.

# space-exploration - Wednesday 2 April, 2014

US:Russia tensions now affecting space exploration, as NASA cuts Moscow contacts

The US space agency has cut all contacts with Russia, except for cooperation on board the International Space Station.

# space-exploration - Monday 10 March, 2014

An 'extremely bright' fireball was spotted over Ireland

If you did, you weren’t alone.

# space-exploration - Thursday 27 February, 2014

# space-exploration - Wednesday 12 February, 2014

China's Jade Rabbit dies on moon's surface

The rover experienced a mechanical control abnormality at the end of last month and has been unable to function since then.

# space-exploration - Sunday 2 February, 2014

So, what are the chances we'll see an Irishman (or anybody) head to Mars?

The chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one, as the famous song goes*. But how about the other direction?

# space-exploration - Saturday 25 January, 2014

Is there life on Mars? Ten years on the Opportunity rover is still looking

The rover was only supposed to run for 90 days, but 10 years a 40 Martian kilometers later, it shows no signs of stopping.

# space-exploration - Thursday 9 January, 2014

From The Daily Edge Meet the Irish man who's been shortlisted to go to Mars and never come back Mars One Mission

Meet the Irish man who's been shortlisted to go to Mars and never come back

Dr Joseph Roche, from Kildare, is one of 1,000 people shortlisted for the Mars One colony mission.

# space-exploration - Tuesday 19 November, 2013

European space mission to explore strange changes in Earth’s magnetism

The European Space Agency is preparing to launch three hi-tech satellites this Friday.

# space-exploration - Monday 4 November, 2013

India to launch first Mars mission tomorrow

The country is aiming to become the only Asian nation to reach the Red Planet.

# space-exploration - Friday 13 September, 2013

Best 3D map of the centre of the Milky Way, ever...

Two groups of astronomers have used data from ESO telescopes to make the best three-dimensional map yet of the centre of our galaxy. Turns out it’s shaped a bit like a peanut…

# space-exploration - Tuesday 16 July, 2013

NASA aborts spacewalk after helmet leak ISS

NASA aborts spacewalk after helmet leak

The dangerous water leak occurred in the helmet of Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano about an hour into the spacewalk.

# space-exploration - Monday 3 June, 2013

Ayers Rock, the Andes and the Bahamas - as seen from space

Maybe we won’t miss Chris Hadfield that much? These spectacular images were taken by his replacement Fyodor Yurchikhin during his last mission on the ISS.

# space-exploration - Thursday 16 May, 2013

NASA's planet-hunting spacecraft is broken - but they're determined to fix it

The planet-hunting telescope is 40 million miles from Earth and searches for Earth-like planets outside our solar system.

# space-exploration - Thursday 11 April, 2013

Stephen Hawking: We must explore space to ensure human survival

The world’s leading physicist says our existence depends on finding a new planet to live on. No pressure, then.

# space-exploration - Wednesday 13 March, 2013

Life on Mars: it was possible

Nasa Curiosity Rover, which is living on the Red Planet, has taken samples of rock for analysis by scientists back home.

# space-exploration - Saturday 15 December, 2012

Column: Why it’s important to look at the stars – literally

It’s good to be curious about a world outside our own, because being inquisitive in the past has gotten us where we are today, writes Conor Farrell.

# space-exploration - Monday 5 November, 2012

Cheese! Mars Curiosity rover sends back its first high-resolution self-portrait

Curiosity has used its ‘hand lens imager’ to take 55 photos of itself – and stitch them into one single giant image.

# space-exploration - Saturday 1 September, 2012

Column: Have we lost the ambition that put a man on the moon?

These are financially difficult times – but that doesn’t mean we should abandon the big projects that advance human knowledge, writes Aaron McKenna.

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