Astronaut Greg H Johnson: ‘There are so many possibilities, I can’t imagine there wouldn’t be some intelligent life’ [in outer space]. Photograph: Tom Pennington/Getty Images) 3:12

US astronaut Greg H Johnson became the 472nd person in space when he piloted the US space shuttle Endeavour on a mission in March 2008, a decade after(...)

Apollo 16: carried lunar experiment devised by Irish scientists

A small part of the 1960s space race will soon go on display in Ireland, an experiment that flew to the moon in April 1972 with Apollo 16. Irish scien(...)

Bob Geldof has said he will become the first Irishman in Space as he plans to travel there next year. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Bob Geldof has said he will become the first Irishman in space as he plans to travel there next year.The Boomtown Rat singer (62) will be one of the f(...)

Astronaut Chris Hadfield celebrated St Patrick's Day from the International Space Station

As evidenced by the lack of ticker-tape parades, Ireland has yet to put an astronaut in space. Bill Cullen used to boast that he would become the f(...)