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# Space

All time
# International Space Station
SpaceX returns four astronauts to Earth in rare night splashdown
The Dragon capsule parachuted into the Gulf of Mexico, ending the second astronaut flight for Elon Musk’s company.
# Space
Space trio return to Earth after six months aboard orbiting station
A Nasa astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts landed in the steppes of Kazakhstan.
# Astronauts
Russian-US space crew blast off to International Space Station
The trio launched successfully from Russia’s leased Baikonur base in Kazakhstan.
# Elon musk
SpaceX Starship completes landing but then explodes in latest test
Two previous test flights had crash-landed in fireballs.
Spacewalking astronauts prepare station for new solar wings
Mission Control said it would need to work on “kindergarten skills” after some painted lines were slightly off.
# Red Planet
NASA releases panorama view of landing site of Perseverance rover on Mars
The panorama is composed of 142 individual images stitched together on Earth, NASA said.
# The Red Planet
Nasa unveils new video and audio captured by Perseverance as it landed on Mars
The agency also released new images the rover took on the Martian surface.
# Quiz
Quiz: How much do you know about the planet Mars?
Test your knowledge.
# Look Up
Five astronomical highlights the skies have in store in 2021
We’re starting another rotation around the sun. Here’s what to watch out for in the skies.
# Sent from space
Asteroid dust collected by Japanese spacecraft arrives on Earth
Scientists hope the precious samples could help shed light on the origin of life and the formation of the universe.
Chinese spacecraft blasts off from moon with cargo of lunar rocks
Chang’e 5 will return to earth with 2kg of moon rocks – it is expected to touch down in Mongolia later this month.
# Chang’e 5
China probe lands on moon in bid to return lunar rocks to Earth
It is one step on a programme to send a manned mission to the satellite.
# SpaceX
SpaceX capsule with four astronauts successfully reaches International Space Station
The four astronauts aboard the Dragon capsule will remain at the ISS for six months.
# SpaceX
SpaceX launches four astronauts to International Space Station
The flight to the space station – 27.5 hours door to door – should be entirely automated.
# Bennu
'I can’t believe we pulled this off': Nasa craft lands on asteroid to collect rubble as part of rare space mission
Only Japan has previously collected asteroid samples.
# Space
QUIZ: How much do you know about the planet Venus?
Scientists made a new discovery in the clouds of Venus recently…
# Phone home
Detection of phosphine in Venus’ clouds ‘indicates potential for life’
The gas has been detected in the atmosphere of Venus, suggesting the planet could host unknown photochemical or geochemical processes.
The best meteor shower of the year will be visible this week
There will be 20 times more shooting stars than a normal night on Tuesday and Wednesday.
# Perseverance
NASA launches latest rover mission to search for life on Mars
The rocket took off in California despite a 4.2 magnitude earthquake.
# look to the skies
Quiz: How much do you know about comets?
Test your knowledge here.
# Star Wars
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.
# Tianwen 1
China launches first Mars rover mission in space race with US
The Chinese mission is named Tianwen-1.
# 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.
# Liftoff
WATCH: SpaceX launches dozens of satellites in Starlink mission
A new batch of 58 Starlink internet satellites and three Earth-observation satellites were launched.
# return to orbit
SpaceX launch of Nasa astronauts postponed due to bad weather
The launch will be attempted again on Saturday.
# demo 2
'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.
Boeing spacecraft returns to earth after aborted space mission
The two-day demo was originally due to last for over a week.
# final frontier
Donald Trump officially launches military 'Space Force'
It will initially have about 200 people and a first-year budget of $40 million.
# rosie
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.
# astronomical
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.
# special delivery
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.
# great gig in the sky
'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
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.
# Rocket man
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’.
# welcome aboard
A humanoid robot has joined the crew of the International Space Station
Fedor copies human movements and can help astronauts carry out tasks remotely.
# International Space Station
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.
# 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.
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.
# Star Tours
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.
# marsquake
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.