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# Space race

This week
28th May 2023 - 1st June 2023
# Tiangong
China becomes third country to put civilians into space
China is the third country to put humans in orbit.
Last year
# second space race
Chinese astronauts go on spacewalk from new station
China is building its own space station after being excluded by the US from the International Space Station.
# tgip-podcast
The Good Information Podcast: How do Ireland and the EU figure into the space race?
Ireland is playing a bigger role in international space exploration than you might think.
All time
# earth bound
Less than a third of people in Ireland would take a trip to space - even if it was free
The Ireland Thinks/Good Information Project poll turned up some interesting answers.
# Quiz
Quiz: How much do you know about the modern space race?
The Good Information Project spent this month looking at space – so what did you learn?
# the irish frontier
Ireland has at least 34 companies working in the space industry - so what is our role in the space race?
“When the first guy steps onto Mars, the whole planet is going to stop and watch – and you’re going to have an explosion of interest in space”
Experts say space exploration isn't a government priority - but that it could be as space travel intensifies
Ireland's current focus is more about Earth than exploring the universe, writes CJ McKinney
# Your Say
Poll: Who do you think is leading the modern space race?
Technological advancements have made space more accessible and affordable to private enterprises.
# tgip space
The Good Information Project: We're launching our 'space module'
The next cycle of TGIP will look at Ireland and the EU’s role in the current space race.
# billionaire space race
Richard Branson and Virgin Galactic crew fly to edge of space
Branson is the first owner-astronaut to take part in a mission.
# Space race
Bad weather delays launch as UAE races China and US to Mars
Earth and Mars are unusually close at the moment, a mere hop of 55 million kilometres.
# space dog
'I cried as I stroked her for the last time' - It's 60 years since Laika became the first creature in space
The dog survived for several hours before dying of overheating and exhaustion.
# new kids on the rock
China wants to go back to the moon and it could happen as soon as next year
The country has plans to get to Mars by 2020.
# The final frontier
Check out these incredible pictures of the ruins of America's Space Race
Photographer and academic Roland Miller has travelled across America capturing images of the remnants of an international race long forgotten.
# Space race
Russia's secret space shuttles have been sitting in plain sight for 22 years
Take a look at the Buran.
# Space race
A robot rocket is about to chase the ISS across Irish skies at 17,500 mp/h
The Space X rocket will resupply the space station, but it needs to catch it first.
# Photo Essay
Inside the abandoned rocket bases dotted across the United States
Many once-important facilities now sit dormant, decommissioned years ago, now rusting in the sun.
# Space race
'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
# boldly going going...
Looking to invest in a Soviet-era space capsule? Yours for a cool €1.4 million
The capsule has been extensively restored to remove all trace of the searing burn marks it picked up on re-entry to Earth’s atmosphere.
# Space race
5, 4, 3, 2, 1...NASA launches its latest mission to the Moon
The robotic mission will collect information about the lunar atmosphere and surface to help scientists with their moondust problems.
# private spaceships
The new space race, and the startups looking to profit from it
Whether for personal dreams of adventure or for profit, these companies are doing the engineering and basic science needed to get humans into space.
# Space race
Russia marks Gagarin anniversary with €40bn plan for space supremacy
It’s just like old times.
# LGBT Rights
Astronaut Sally Ride sparks posthumous debate on coming out
The first American woman in space kept her coming out until her self-penned obituary. Some wish she’d done it earlier.
# Space
First US woman astronaut in space dies aged 61
Sally Ride was the only person to serve on the investigations into both the Challenger and Columbia disasters.