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Tuesday 28 March 2023 Dublin: 13°C

# Space

All time
# Stargazing
The supermoon had people staring wide-eyed at the heavens last night
Some cloud hampered things for Irish stargazers.
# 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.
# Fly me to the moon
There's a European plan to have 100 people living on the Moon by 2040
The European Space Agency says it needs political backing.
# houston we have a...
Quiz: How much do you know about space exploration?
Can you blast off?
# rare occurrence
Keep watch - the Northern Lights could be on display in Ireland's skies this weekend
That’s according to Astronomy Ireland.
# the farthest
An Irish documentary tells the incredible story of the Voyager spacecraft
We talked to the film’s director, Emer Reynolds.
# Peggy Whitson
Pictures: After 9 months in space, record-breaking astronaut returns to Earth
Peggy and two of her colleagues landed in Kazakhstan this morning.
# close one
Largest asteroid in over a century flies by Earth
Scientists had planned to study the asteroid up close when it passes.
# Out of this World
'The thing for Ireland is to be sure not to be left behind': Ireland should set up its own space agency, say scientists
A new report argues that investing in its space industry could have big economic returns for Ireland.
# the next generation
SpaceX has revealed its new spacesuit and it's like something from a Daft Punk video
The company hopes to start launching crewed flights from next year.
# Lights out
WATCH: Check out this livestream of the solar eclipse
The solar eclipse will plunge parts of the US into darkness this afternoon.
# international space university
This Irish space balloon mission captured stunning photos of the earth this week
The International Space University is hosting its 30th Space Studies Program at CIT this summer.
# birr-illiant
Offaly was once the centre of the world for stargazing - today it takes a giant leap back there
Ireland is to be part of a huge Europe-wide telescope.
# Lunar Palace
Chinese students are living in a cabin for 200 days to simulate living on the moon
Lunar Palace simulates a long-term space mission to the moon.
# gas giant
Jupiter's Great Red Spot has just been snapped from above and the images are stunning
The ‘spot’ is actually a storm that rages on the planet.
# walking in space
'I didn't want to be known as the person who broke something on the Hubble telescope'
A former Nasa astronaut talks to us about his time in space, and the goal of humans reaching Mars.
# we have liftoff
European Space Agency gives go-ahead for Ireland's first satellite
An Irish project was selected by the ESA’s Fly Your Satellite! (FYS) programme.
# Air Force
An unmanned US military spacecraft spent 718 days orbiting Earth in secret mission
It landed in Florida yesterday morning.
# out of world record
'That's fantastic': Record-breaking astronaut receives congratulatory call from Donald Trump
The International Space Station’s commander surpassed the record of 534 days, two hours and 48 minutes for most accumulated time in space.
# mother nature
Check out these incredible images of US National Parks - from eye level and space
Simply stunning.
# 2014-JO25
A massive asteroid is going to come 'very close' to Earth today
Smaller asteroids whizz by Earth several times a week.
# dark side of the moon
Large asteroid to hurtle past Earth tomorrow
Nasa has said there is no chance the asteroid will hit us, but it will be “a very close approach”.
# the Martian
'Life is left up to you': NUIG researcher delves into her Mars simulation mission
The experiment has been compared to a desert version of the Hollywood movie The Martian.
# to boldly go
A Trinity professor will play a big role in space exploration
Professor Peter Gallagher has been appointed as an adviser to the Director of Science at the European Space Agency.
# SpaceX
Two space tourists are going on a trip around the moon next year
In a statement this evening, the company said that the two people had paid a “significant deposit” to travel beyond the moon.
# metro stop
Irish Rail couldn't afford a warehouse and it could derail Dart underground
There are plans to build an office on a site that was meant to be an underground train station.
Irish students to talk to astronaut in live chat from space
They’ll talk next week.
# Apollo 17
The last man to walk on the moon has died
Gene Cernan was 82.
# Pitch perfect
Watch: SpaceX rocket makes textbook touchdown on droneship
The landing comes four months after a costly launchpad explosion of a SpaceX rocket.
# new kids on the rock
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.
# A galaxy far far away
There are 2,076 black holes lurking in this photo of deep space
The central region of this image contains the highest concentration of supermassive black holes ever seen.
# Mars One
Plans for human community on Mars pushed back by five years
Mars One said its first manned mission to the red planet would now not happen until 2031, having previously targeted 2026.
# Supermoon
As the moon rises over Ireland at 5pm, it will be the biggest it's been in 68 years
Make sure to catch a glimpse, weather pemitting of course.
# Astronaut
First woman to ever pilot a space shuttle on how she almost accidentally endorsed Donald Trump
Colonel Eileen Collins was speaking at a Medical Council event in Dublin.
# Heads Up
Analysis: Leinster's ability to exploit space trumps sloppy Munster
Johnny Sexton led a more polished Leinster display in the Guinness Pro12 clash last weekend.
# fresh air
Six people just completed a year in a Hawaii dome all in the name of science
It’s about seeing how astronauts would survive during long-term space travel.
# Goldilocks zone
Scientists have found a new planet that bears an uncanny resemblance to Earth
Named Proxima b, the planet is in a temperate zone compatible with the presence of liquid water – a key ingredient for life.
# lonely in hawaii
Scientists simulating Mars mission can't wait for isolation to be over
The volunteers have been living on freeze-dried food and trying to avoid personal conflicts.
# Just friendly Crustaceans
An Irish doctor has been picked by NASA to live under the sea
Dr Marc Ó Gríofa is going on a NASA mission to the bottom of the sea.
# Juno and the Payload
After five years, a NASA spacecraft has reached Jupiter
“Juno, welcome to Jupiter.”