Ireland’s Space Odyssey

Ireland’s Space Odyssey View Gallery

With a minister who believes in aliens and a growing number of Irish companies targeting the sector, is the space industry here about to take off?

The world was watching when the Philae lander became the first man-made object to touch down on a comet. The event three years ago did not go smoothly – Philae bounced across the surface of the comet because its two onboard harpoons did not fire to anchor it.

But when it landed near a cliff on the surface of the comet, the communications equipment still worked, and it was able to send back valuable data before...

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