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The privately-launched Cygnus cargo ship delivered critical supplies as well as long-awaited gifts from the astronauts' families

Obama consigns Moon landings to history

President's vision for Nasa rules out return to lunar surface – and divides Apollo astronauts

IMAX puts 3D spin on science films with "Hubble 3D"

IMAX has returned to outer space with the movie "IMAX: Hubble 3D," a documentary that harks back to IMAX's roots in science films, but spins into a 3D, Hollywood orbit.

Factbox - Shuttle Discovery's mission and crew

US space shuttle Discovery blasted off on today on a 13-day mission to the International Space Station, one of the final resupply flights before the United States retires the shuttle fleet later this year.

Shuttle Discovery lifts off for space station

Discovery and seven astronauts rocketed into orbit on one of NASA's final stockpiling missions to the International Space Station, bringing an early dawn to the coast with this last scheduled shuttle launch in darkness.

A record four women will be in space

It may not qualify as a giant step for womankind, but history will be made today when the number of women in space at the same time will reach four – a record.

British astronaut helps launch UK space agency

Britain's got its own space agency today, represented by the Union Flag morphed into a soaring arrow.

Cross Country Murder Song, By Philip Wilding

A man takes a drive from New Jersey to California in a black Lexus. He is a man with a headful of secrets, including the secret of what happened to him as a boy, when he was kidnapped and locked in a box secured with chains and padlocks in a dismal basement. And the secret of what he himself has left in boxes secured with chains and padlocks, in the basement of his mansion, for the police to find.

Faster than the speed of sound: the man who falls to earth

Daredevil Felix Baumgartner, who made the first unpowered flight across the English Channel in 2003, now plans to skydive from the edge of space. Tony Paterson reports

Trail of the unexpected: Ice diving

Discover a world seen only by the lucky few beneath the frozen Lac de Tignes. Anthony Buchanan takes the plunge in search of adventure

Thomas Joseph O'Malley: Nasa engineer who oversaw the first US manned space flight

Thomas Joseph O'Malley, a Nasa engineer who pushed the button that sent the first US manned space flight into orbit in 1962, died of pneumonia on 6 November in a Florida hospital, shortly after a phone call from the former Mercury astronaut and former US Senator, John Glenn.

Games Revew: Planet 51

Planet 51 (U)

This digimated romp nicely inverts the sci-fi norm: it's set on an "alien" planet whose green-skinned denizens live in a 1950s idyll of innocent, picket-fence conformity.

Forget Earth - let's move to Mars!

If planet Earth becomes too crowded, where else in the solar system could humankind live? Space expert Steven Cutts considers our options

Space Shuttle to launch with 'tweep' deluge

Fingers will be flying when space shuttle Atlantis blasts off Monday local time: About 100 of Nasa's geekiest fans will be on hand, pecking away at iPhones, BlackBerrys, laptops and other Twittering gadgets.

Just Jack, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

A happy-go-lucky Jack Allsopp steps forward to meet the crowd, peers around and announces: "I just saw my mum and dad up there. That's pretty cool." He explains his usual trick of finding something to greet each new audience with, concluding, a little relieved, "We're home."

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Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment