An undated artist’s concept, made available by Nasa, shows the Maven spacecraft orbiting Mars. Photograph: EPA/NASA/Goddard Space Flight Centre.

A Nasa robotic spacecraft has ended a 10-month journey to put itself into orbit around Mars and begin a hunt for the planet’s lost water. After(...)

The International Space Station. Photograph: NASA

Dublin may not be the most obvious place in which to hold a gathering of astronauts and scientists who intend to discuss procedures on board the Inter(...)

Job applicants talk to recruiters at the Greenhouse and SproutHouse company booths at the CannaSearch cannabis industry job fair in downtown Denver September 16, 2014. The job fair featured over 20 companies seeking to fill over 500 positions in the cannabis industry. Photograph: Rick Wilking/Reuters

Queues, desks, pens, application forms: Canna- Search, which took place in the US city of Denver this week, is just like any other job fair, save for (...)

Nasa has announced that Boeing and the Space Exploration Technologies Corp. are the winners in the competition to carry Americans astronauts to the International Space Station. Photograph: Reid Wiseman/EPA/NASA

Boeing and the Space Exploration Technologies Corp. are the winners in the competition to carry Americans astronauts to the International Space Statio(...)

Skytek chief executive Dr Sarah Bourke: “Weather conditions in space can wreak havoc on earth in the same way as hurricanes and tornadoes can damage physical infrastructure but we do not have the same understanding of them.” Photograph: David Sleator

Dublin-based space technology firm Skytek has launched a new weather division to monitor solar storms and other threats. The new division will provide(...)

A research team  from the University of California Santa Barbara will join Google to start a project to build new quantum information processors. Photo:  Getty Images

Google said a research team led by physicist John Martinis from the University of California Santa Barbara will join the company to start a project t(...)

From bun to patty to topping: a 3D printed burger – most foods that begin as a paste, such as chocolate, jelly, pasta, are ideal for manipulation by 3D printing

Hoverboards and Food Hydrators: the two things Back to the Future II made the following generations aim towards. (Oh, and time travel.) Hoverbo(...)

The Slovakian Aeromobil 2.5 prototype  has had about 40 hours of flight testing and resembles a supercar with considerable flight capabilities

A number of us can thank a cartoon character from the future, George Jetson, for instilling our longing. Students of aviation history might look fo(...)

Truck-driver turned astrophysicist. Dr Ryan Milligan standing outside Queen’s University Belfast. Photograph Queen’s University Belfast

A major source of funding for a collaboration between Queen’s University Belfast and NASA has just been awarded to one of Queen’s astrophysicists.When(...)

Ashleigh Richardson taking a picture on her phone of the ‘supermoon’, or perigee moon, from south London.Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire 1:57

A “supermoon” lit up the sky across Ireland and many parts of the world last night as stargazers enjoyed the Perseid meteor shower - one of the year’s(...)