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Former US first lady Lady Bird Johnson (polka-dot dress), her husband former president Lyndon B Johnson (dark suit) and former vice-president Spiro T Agnew (holding glass, far right)  at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, watching the launch of  Apollo 11  on its mission to carry out the first  manned lunar landing. Photograph: National Geographic/Getty Images

There has been a lot in the media over the past weeks as we close in like a moon lander on the 50th anniversary of the first touchdown by a human on t(...)

Astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin on the moon on July 20th, 1969, during the Apollo 11 mission. Photograph: Nasa/Liaison

There are constant clicks and beeps, a steady background hiss of static both from the fact that the signal had to travel nearly 400,000km there and 40(...)

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, lunar module pilot for Apollo 11, on the moon on July 21st,1969. Photograph: Neil Armstrong/Nasa/via Reuters

When Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon on July 21st, 1969, about 600 million people watched the culmination of a frenetic few years at Nasa, racing (...)

Pat Norris in Houston, Texas in 1968: ‘The big draw for me was the huge salary, the shirt-sleeve winters, the sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, and Houston’s varied cultural scene’

I left UCD in the early 1960s with a maths and physics degree, which helped me find work as a support contractor to Nasa in Houston later that decade.(...)

Official figures show long-term immigration to the UK for work has fallen since 2016, the year of the Brexit vote

Last Sunday marked the third anniversary of Britain’s vote to leave the EU, to which it still belongs. No one yet knows exactly when or how the UK wi(...)

Robert Mueller will testify on July 17th. File photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

The US president Donald Trump hit out at Robert Mueller on Wednesday, hours after House Democrats announced that the Special Counsel would testify bef(...)

The USA players celebrate their victory over Japan in the Fifa Women’s World Cup 2015 at the BC Place Stadium in Vancouver. Photograph: Franck Fife/Getty Images

United States World ranking: 1 World Cup record: They’ve appeared in all seven World Cup finals and have never finished outside the medals, winning (...)

Roz Purcell on Slievenamon

Nothing beats a good meal after a hike in the great outdoors. Here, food writers and hikers share their favourite walks around Ireland, with a great p(...)

Donald Trump speaks during a fundraising round-table in San Antonio, Texas, on Wednesday. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

US president Donald Trump has accused Latin American countries of sending criminals to the United States, vowing to increase US military presence at t(...)

Attorney General William Barr testifies before a subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday. Photograph: Erin Schaff/New York Times

A redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election will be released “within a w(...)

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