The Astro-H satellite  after a perfect launch from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Centre. Contact has been lost with the satellite.

A satellite mission that had significant involvement from researchers in Dublin has failed after its solar panels broke, cutting off its electricity s(...)

Liftoff: the Blue Origin rocket launch was live-tweeted by Amazon chief Jeff Bezos

For baby boomers worldwide, the definitive “where were you when...” moment was the moon landing. My dad (who named the family dog Sputnik) has talked (...)

Matt Damon in The Martian

What do you want to be when you grow up? Ask a child that question today and the answer might range from social-media marketer to smartphone designer(...)

The Proton-M rocket, carrying the ExoMars 2016 spacecraft to Mars, blasts off from the launchpad at the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Monday. Photograph: Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters

Europe and Russia launched a spacecraft on Monday in a joint mission to sniff out signs of life on Mars and bring humans a step closer to flying to t(...)

 The rocket that will launch the ExoMars 2016 spacecraft to Mars  in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Photograph: Stephane Corvaja/ESA via Getty Images

The ExoMars 2016 mission, a collaboration between the European and Russian space agencies, is scheduled to blast off from Kazakhstan on Monday. The(...)

Prof  Lorraine Hanlon: “We want to get as many people who are interested in this in a room and start sharing ideas. We will kick the tyres on these ideas and get to know each other.”   Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Ireland may soon join the space race with a satellite of its own, providing useful services such as fisheries protection, land use or coastal studies.(...)

Artist’s impression of   Astro-H  in orbit: The    objectives of the international project –  involving 250 scientists from 61 institutions –  include studying clusters of galaxies to gain insight into the evolution of these massive collections of active stars. Illustration: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies is working in conjunction with a number of agencies on the Astro-H X-ray observatory; a Japanese satellite (...)

Wave effect: throw a pebble into a pond and waves spread out from the point of impact – a bit like investment in scientific research and education

The scientific world is all aflutter with the announcement last week of the discovery of something called a “gravitational wave”. There are lots of re(...)

Artists’ impression of Philae lander on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Photograph: ESA Medialab/AFP/Getty Images

European scientists have given up hope of restoring contact with the Philae lander, which successfully landed on a comet in a pinpoint operation only (...)

Shooting for the stars

“Discover the force of the skies O Men: once recognised it can be put to use.” – Johannes Kepler. The 1963 film, The Mouse on the Moon (sequel to be(...)