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From TheJournal.ie Japan probe lands 300 million km away in hunt for clues to origin of life Ideal Touchdown

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.

From TheJournal.ie After roving on Mars for 15 years and sending back 217,594 images, Opportunity is now dead Mission Complete

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.

From TheJournal.ie That plan to make a colony on Mars and film it for reality TV has gone bust Mars One

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.

From TheJournal.ie Discovery of 'repeating' radio waves from deep space baffles astronomers Fast Radio Bursts

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Chinese spacecraft makes first landing on moon's far side Change 4

Chinese spacecraft makes first landing on moon's far side

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

From TheJournal.ie A meteor shower peaking tonight rings in the start of a busy year for stargazing The Great Beyond

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.

From TheJournal.ie Celebrations as NASA spacecraft successfully passes by oldest cosmic body ever studied New Horizons

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.

From TheJournal.ie Nasa's New Horizons spacecraft closing in on most distant world ever studied New Horizons

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.

From TheJournal.ie Saturn is losing its rings at the 'worst-case scenario' rate Research

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.

From TheJournal.ie 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.

From TheJournal.ie Nasa's Voyager 2 reaches interstellar space 41 years after launch Interstellar

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Here are the first photos of Mars from the InSight explorer Mars

Here are the first photos of Mars from the InSight explorer

A lovely sight this grim morning.

From TheJournal.ie Quiz: How much do you know about the moon? Out Of This World

Quiz: How much do you know about the moon?

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

From TheJournal.ie Mission to discover the mysteries of Mercury blasts off Space Exploration

Mission to discover the mysteries of Mercury blasts off

The BepiColombo blasted off from French Guiana earlier today.

From TheJournal.ie 'Thank God they're alive': Crew of Soyuz rocket safe after emergency landing International Space Station

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

The rocket landed in Kazakhstan.

From TheJournal.ie Irish-produced documentary about Voyager space programme wins Emmy award The Farthest

Irish-produced documentary about Voyager space programme wins Emmy award

The American awards recognise excellence in the television industry.

From TheJournal.ie 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.

From TheJournal.ie SpaceX vows manned flight to space station is on schedule SpaceX

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.

From TheJournal.ie 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.

From TheJournal.ie Tonight's blood moon is the longest of the 21st century - here's when you can see it best The Bloodening

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.

From TheJournal.ie 'Oddball' among 12 new moons discovered around Jupiter Discovery

'Oddball' among 12 new moons discovered around Jupiter

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

From TheJournal.ie The first space tourist flights could happen over the next year Space Tourism

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.

From TheJournal.ie Japanese rocket crashes and explodes shortly after take off Interstellar Technologies

Japanese rocket crashes and explodes shortly after take off

No injuries were reported in the spectacular explosion.

From TheJournal.ie Meet the 'secretive' Limerick man who's quietly putting eyes on spacecraft and cars Arralis

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’.

From TheJournal.ie 'It's like standing inside the yellow line when a train goes past' - Why cyclists want a bit of space Gimme Space

'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.

From TheJournal.ie Galaxies grow bigger and puffier as they age, new study finds Astronomy

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.”

From TheJournal.ie Irish scientists will help build the world's most powerful and expensive telescope Out Of This World

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.

From TheJournal.ie SpaceX capsule reaches space station with food and experiments Dragon

SpaceX capsule reaches space station with food and experiments

The supply capsule launched on Monday from Florida.

From TheJournal.ie Defunct Chinese space station plunges back to Earth over South Pacific Tiangong-1

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.

From TheJournal.ie Astronomers find the 'impossible': A galaxy without dark matter Omg Moment

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Debris from space station hurtling towards Earth not expected to hit populated areas Do Not Panic

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.

From TheJournal.ie Buying sex has been illegal in Ireland for one year but 'very little' has changed Prostitution

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.

From TheJournal.ie Japanese astronaut apologises after saying he'd grown 9cm while in space To Boldly Grow

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.

From TheJournal.ie We're one step closer to understanding the 'most mysterious star in the universe' Tabby's Star

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.

From TheJournal.ie Pics: Here's how the first supermoon of the year looked around the world last night Star Gazing

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

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

From TheJournal.ie 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.

From TheJournal.ie Trump signs order to send astronauts to the moon, to Mars and 'perhaps many worlds beyond' To Boldly Go

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.

From TheJournal.ie The supermoon had people staring wide-eyed at the heavens last night Stargazing

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

Some cloud hampered things for Irish stargazers.

From TheJournal.ie Ireland's first ever satellite could blast off as early as 2019 (and it might even have a little flag) Eirsat-1

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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