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#Space

# space - Thursday 30 July, 2020

NASA launches latest rover mission to search for life on Mars

The rocket took off in California despite a 4.2 magnitude earthquake.

# space - Friday 24 July, 2020

Quiz: How much do you know about comets?

Test your knowledge here.

Russia accused of firing anti-satellite weapon in space

US Space Command said it has evidence that Moscow carried out the test on 15 July.

# space - Thursday 23 July, 2020

China launches first Mars rover mission in space race with US Tianwen 1 This post contains videos

China launches first Mars rover mission in space race with US

The Chinese mission is named Tianwen-1.

# space - Wednesday 15 July, 2020

Bad weather delays launch as UAE races China and US to Mars Space Race This post contains videos

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 - Saturday 13 June, 2020

WATCH: SpaceX launches dozens of satellites in Starlink mission Liftoff This post contains videos

WATCH: SpaceX launches dozens of satellites in Starlink mission

A new batch of 58 Starlink internet satellites and three Earth-observation satellites were launched.

# space - Wednesday 27 May, 2020

SpaceX launch of Nasa astronauts postponed due to bad weather

The launch will be attempted again on Saturday.

# space - Tuesday 26 May, 2020

'A major milestone': Nasa and SpaceX set to send astronauts to the ISS tomorrow

If all goes as planned, the mission will see SpaceX become the first private company to send astronauts into space.

# space - Sunday 22 December, 2019

Boeing spacecraft returns to earth after aborted space mission

The two-day demo was originally due to last for over a week.

# space - Saturday 21 December, 2019

Donald Trump officially launches military 'Space Force'

It will initially have about 200 people and a first-year budget of $40 million.

# space - Friday 20 December, 2019

Boeing's Starliner capsule not in proper orbit after blast off from Cape Canaveral

It’s a huge moment for US spaceflight which is now dependant on private companies.

# space - Wednesday 27 November, 2019

Scientists have found a black hole so massive it 'should not exist in our galaxy'

The black hole is twice as big as scientists believed possible.

# space - Saturday 2 November, 2019

Special delivery containing an oven for baking cookies and sports car parts sent to space station

The space station is currently home to three Americans, two Russians and one Italian.

# space - Tuesday 29 October, 2019

'Green ball of fire' - A stunning green fireball lit up the Irish sky last night Great Gig In The Sky This post contains videos

'Green ball of fire' - A stunning green fireball lit up the Irish sky last night

The brightest of the fireballs was at about 6.54 pm last night.

# space - Friday 18 October, 2019

Nasa astronauts make history as they begin first ever all-female spacewalk

There have been 227 spacewalkers since the first spacewalk in 1965 and all of them have included a male.

# space - Friday 30 August, 2019

Donald Trump launches new military centre to protect 'America's dominance in space'

US military chiefs claim the move is necessary to defend the country’s ‘way of life’.

# space - Tuesday 27 August, 2019

A humanoid robot has joined the crew of the International Space Station Welcome Aboard This post contains videos

A humanoid robot has joined the crew of the International Space Station

Fedor copies human movements and can help astronauts carry out tasks remotely.

# space - Saturday 24 August, 2019

NASA reportedly investigating first allegation of a crime in space

NASA astronaut Anne McClain has admitted to accessing her ex-partner’s bank account from the International Space Station.

# space - Monday 12 August, 2019

From The42 Analysis: Ireland's clever kicking shows Schmidt is keen for more variety Mix It Up

Analysis: Ireland's clever kicking shows Schmidt is keen for more variety

The Irish scrum-halves didn’t kick a single time during the win over Italy.

# space - Sunday 21 July, 2019

The Irish For: An astronaut is a star-sailor, a comet is a paintbrush star

The calling to travel beyond the Earth owes itself to mythology as well as science, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

# space - Friday 7 June, 2019

NASA to open International Space Station to tourists from 2020

Private astronauts may soon be able to visit the ISS for $35,000 a night.

# space - Wednesday 24 April, 2019

Nasa Mars lander picks up what's likely first detected 'Marsquake'

Nasa has said the new seismic event was too small to provide solid data on the Martian interior.

# space - Thursday 11 April, 2019

Meet Katie Bouman, the MIT computer scientist who made the black hole image possible Supermassive Big Star This post contains videos

Meet Katie Bouman, the MIT computer scientist who made the black hole image possible

Bouman has herself became an internet celebrity after yesterday’s picture.

# space - Wednesday 10 April, 2019

This is the first ever image of a black hole, located in a galaxy 53 million light years away

“It’s like trying to photograph a golf ball on the Moon.”

# 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.

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