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# space - Friday 22 February, 2019

Japan probe lands 300 million km away in hunt for clues to origin of life

Meanwhile, Israel began a mission to make its first Moon landing.

# space - Thursday 14 February, 2019

After roving on Mars for 15 years and sending back 217,594 images, Opportunity is now dead

The rover has been out of contact since a dust storm on the Red Planet.

# space - Tuesday 12 February, 2019

That plan to make a colony on Mars and film it for reality TV has gone bust

The company is in the red, as it were.

# space - Wednesday 9 January, 2019

Discovery of 'repeating' radio waves from deep space baffles astronomers

The waves were discovered by Canadian scientists, who cannot explain their origin.

# space - Thursday 3 January, 2019

Chinese spacecraft makes first landing on moon's far side

China plans to send its Chang’e 5 probe to the moon next year.

A meteor shower peaking tonight rings in the start of a busy year for stargazing

A supermoon later this month is the first of three in a row.

# space - Tuesday 1 January, 2019

Celebrations as NASA spacecraft successfully passes by oldest cosmic body ever studied

The cosmic object – known as Ultima Thule – is about the size of the US capital, Washington, and orbits in the Kuiper Belt about a billion miles beyond Pluto.

# space - Friday 28 December, 2018

Nasa's New Horizons spacecraft closing in on most distant world ever studied

The spacecraft’s closest approach to the cosmic object, known as Ultima Thule, comes 1 January at 5.33am.

# space - Tuesday 18 December, 2018

Saturn is losing its rings at the 'worst-case scenario' rate

The rings are being pulled into Saturn by gravity as a dusty rain of ice particles under the influence of Saturn’s magnetic field.

# space - Thursday 13 December, 2018

Virgin Galactic reaches space for first time VSS Unity This post contains videos

Virgin Galactic reaches space for first time

“This is a momentous day and I could not be more proud of our teams,” Richard Branson said.

# space - Tuesday 11 December, 2018

Nasa's Voyager 2 reaches interstellar space 41 years after launch

Voyager 2 is now more than 18 billion kilometres from Earth.

# space - Tuesday 27 November, 2018

Here are the first photos of Mars from the InSight explorer

A lovely sight this grim morning.

# space - Sunday 21 October, 2018

Quiz: How much do you know about the moon?

This quiz is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind*.

# space - Saturday 20 October, 2018

Mission to discover the mysteries of Mercury blasts off

The BepiColombo blasted off from French Guiana earlier today.

# space - Thursday 11 October, 2018

'Thank God they're alive': Crew of Soyuz rocket safe after emergency landing

The rocket landed in Kazakhstan.

# space - Tuesday 2 October, 2018

Irish-produced documentary about Voyager space programme wins Emmy award

The American awards recognise excellence in the television industry.

# space - Friday 24 August, 2018

A Nasa spacecraft that will land on an asteroid and take a sample has just glimpsed its target In Sight This post contains videos

A Nasa spacecraft that will land on an asteroid and take a sample has just glimpsed its target

The asteroid named Bennu is about the size of a mountain.

# space - Tuesday 14 August, 2018

SpaceX vows manned flight to space station is on schedule

On 3 August the agency named the first nine astronauts who will fly to space on Boeing and SpaceX vehicles in 2019.

# space - Thursday 9 August, 2018

Space Force to be a branch of US military and will prepare for 'next battlefield' Guns In Space This post contains videos

Space Force to be a branch of US military and will prepare for 'next battlefield'

Nasa, by comparison, is an independent and civilian branch of government.

# space - Friday 27 July, 2018

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.

# space - Tuesday 17 July, 2018

'Oddball' among 12 new moons discovered around Jupiter

The Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei discovered the first four of Jupiter’s moons in 1610.

# space - Saturday 14 July, 2018

The first space tourist flights could happen over the next year

Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin are racing to be the first to finish their tests.

# space - Saturday 30 June, 2018

Japanese rocket crashes and explodes shortly after take off

No injuries were reported in the spectacular explosion.

# space - Sunday 13 May, 2018

Meet the 'secretive' Limerick man who's quietly putting eyes on spacecraft and cars

Arralis CEO Barry Lunn is working towards the motoring industry’s ‘iPhone moment’.

# space - Saturday 5 May, 2018

'It's like standing inside the yellow line when a train goes past' - Why cyclists want a bit of space

Motorists are being asked to give cyclists space this weekend.

# space - Sunday 29 April, 2018

Galaxies grow bigger and puffier as they age, new study finds

“This is the first time we’ve shown shape and age are related for all kinds of galaxies.”

# space - Monday 9 April, 2018

Irish scientists will help build the world's most powerful and expensive telescope

The new telescope will be 10 times more powerful than the Hubble telescope and help us observe the first stars in the universe.

# space - Wednesday 4 April, 2018

SpaceX capsule reaches space station with food and experiments

The supply capsule launched on Monday from Florida.

# space - Monday 2 April, 2018

Defunct Chinese space station plunges back to Earth over South Pacific

The remote location of its landing made it difficult for stargazers to witness the event.

# space - Friday 30 March, 2018

Astronomers find the 'impossible': A galaxy without dark matter

The discovery could revise or even upend theories of how galaxies are formed.

# space - Tuesday 27 March, 2018

Debris from space station hurtling towards Earth not expected to hit populated areas

One expert said the odds of being struck by space debris are 10 million times less likely than getting hit by lightening.

# space - Friday 23 February, 2018

Buying sex has been illegal in Ireland for one year but 'very little' has changed

Supporters and detractors of the new law have spoken of their frustration over the new bill.

# space - Wednesday 10 January, 2018

Japanese astronaut apologises after saying he'd grown 9cm while in space

His Russian captain suspected that 9cm was “too much elongation”. He was right.

# space - Sunday 7 January, 2018

We're one step closer to understanding the 'most mysterious star in the universe'

Tabby’s Star has been inexplicably dimming and brightening sporadically like no other for years.

# space - Tuesday 2 January, 2018

# space - Sunday 31 December, 2017

From The Daily Edge Someone sent a kebab into space, and it's strangely majestic It's... Beautiful

Someone sent a kebab into space, and it's strangely majestic

One small step for kebab, one giant leap for kebab-kind.

# space - Friday 22 December, 2017

Bruce McCandless, the first astronaut to fly untethered in space, has died RIP

Bruce McCandless, the first astronaut to fly untethered in space, has died

He was famously photographed in 1984 flying with a hefty spacewalker’s jetpack.

# space - Monday 11 December, 2017

Trump signs order to send astronauts to the moon, to Mars and 'perhaps many worlds beyond'

Budget issues have curtailed similar efforts by other Republican presidents.

# space - Monday 4 December, 2017

The supermoon had people staring wide-eyed at the heavens last night

Some cloud hampered things for Irish stargazers.

# space - Sunday 26 November, 2017

Ireland's first ever satellite could blast off as early as 2019 (and it might even have a little flag)

Eirsat-1 will hitch a ride to the ISS before it’s released into space.

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