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# Space race

This year
China becomes third country to put civilians into space
China is the third country to put humans in orbit.
Last year
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.
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
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: 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?
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
Poll: Who do you think is leading the modern space race?
Technological advancements have made space more accessible and affordable to private enterprises.
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.
Richard Branson and Virgin Galactic crew fly to edge of space
Branson is the first owner-astronaut to take part in a mission.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
Russia's secret space shuttles have been sitting in plain sight for 22 years
Take a look at the Buran.
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.
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.
'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
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.
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.
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.
Russia marks Gagarin anniversary with €40bn plan for space supremacy
It’s just like old times.
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.
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.