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Juno’s mission to Jupiter explained

By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent Over the next few days, indeed months, you are likely to hear quite a bit about a spacecraft called Juno and its mission around Jupiter. It’s an exciting project, which could yield many answers to questions about the origin of the planet, and of the solar system as a whole. After a five year journey, NASA's spacecraft Juno will arrive at Jupiter early tomorrow morning.https://t.co/mtp1f1Tie3 — RTÉ News (@rtenews) July 4, 2016 Why …

New Horizons opening up on dwarf-planet Pluto

By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent The next 48 hours will prove another important milestone in space exploration, as NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft makes its closest flyby of the dwarf-planet Pluto. The mission will open up a brief but fascinating window on the object, once considered by astronomers to be a planet. So what is New Horizons? Approximately the same size as a baby grand piano, and weighing 454kg, New Horizons is a small unmanned spacecraft packed with instruments …

IXV proves sky’s the limit for space research here

By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent It’s not everyday that a new spacecraft is born. But this Wednesday is one of them. Around 1pm Irish time (weather and technicalities permitting) the Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle or IXV, will blast off on a Vega rocket from Europe’s spaceport in French Guiana. Its near two hour mission is straightforward. In basic terms, IXV is the prototype for the first spacecraft to be built in Europe that can not only travel into space, …