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

Astronaut Scott Carpenter dies ages 88

Fourth man in space has died in Colorado following complications from a stroke

Being paid to lie down for NASA? Seven opportunities for wannabe astronauts

It takes an extraordinary physique, high IQ, and years of training to become a bona-fide space-travelling astronaut. But if that rules you out there are plenty of 'experiments' needing volunteers to boldly go where erm, other people might not really want to...

Alison Balsom has been named artist of the year at the Gramophone Classical Music Awards

Trumpeter Alison Balsom named first female artist of the year at Gramophone Classical Music Awards

Classical trumpeter Alison Balsom has been named artist of the year at this year's Gramophone Classical Music Awards - becoming the first British woman to win the prize.

Is this the best job in the world: Nasa recruits volunteers to spend 70 days in bed

Volunteers will be paid £3,000 a month to stay in bed for 24 hours a day

Astronaut gets sweet delivery as private company ships chocolate and other foodstuffs to International Space Station

A US company is making its debut this week as a space station delivery service – to provide the lone American aboard the orbiting International Space Station with a fresh stash of chocolate.

Bob Geldof has signed up to become the first Rock Astronaut

First Boomtown Rat in Space? Bob Geldof prepares to become a 'Rock Astronaut'

Bob Geldof is going into space as a passenger on a commercial flight.

George Clooney, Sandra Bullock and director Alfonso Cuaron arrive at the 70th Venice Film Festival in Venice

'Gravity' star George Clooney helps keep an eye on Sudanese dictator accused of war crimes

Star claims spy satellite he funds helps to curb murderous tendencies of ruler

Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity.

Film review: Gravity - George Clooney and Sandra Bullock float freely in this flawed deep space spectacle

A decade after collaborating on Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban (2003), Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron and British producer David Heyman have combined forces again on Gravity, a 3D survival thriller set in deepest, darkest space. The new film (which opens the Venice Film Festival) is a visual triumph even if its storytelling is less than sure-footed.

Artist's rendition of a settlement on Mars

A one-way ticket too tempting to ignore: 165,000 apply for mission to colonise Mars - despite no chance of them ever returning to Earth

Applications are for a private mission to send four men and women to the Red Planet

Some of the ingredients provided for the astronauts

Nasa takes a fresh look at in-flight food for Mars astronauts

Diet of dehydrated and freeze dried cuisine of the past will give way to fresh food cooked on the Martian surface

Dr Nyberg experiments with water and light refraction

Astronaut Karen Nyberg follows in the footsteps of Chris Hadfield with Twitter pictures from space

Although Canadian 'starman' Chris Hadfield is back on Earth, another astronaut is keeping the world's gaze firmly on the sky.

This is an interior view of The Boeing Company's CST-100 spacecraft, which features LED lighting and tablet technology.
Image Credit: NASA/Robert Markowitz

Tablet-controlled with ambient lighting: Inside Boeing's next-gen spaceship

New CST-100 will shuttle NASA astronauts up to the ISS

Branch out: Monkeys from The Magic Bojabi Tree

Children's summer reading: Slapstick capers and amazing adventures for pre-teens

Dinosaurs, hamsters, and a brother's famous bottom

Unicef's 'sweat machine' turns perspiration into drinkable water

The machine was designed to promote a Unicef campaign raising awareness over lack of access to clean water

<b>Astronauts repairing the Hubble Space Telescope </b>
<p>Endeavour space shuttle, 1993 </p>
<p>The Hubble Space Telescope was sent into space in 1990. Orbiting outside the distorting effects of the Earth’s atmosphere, it has taken the most breath-taking images of our universe. This photograph shows astronauts F. Story Musgrave (on the robotic arm) and Jeffrey Hoffman (inside the shuttle) during the first servicing mission, which repaired a flaw in the telescope's primary mirror. </p>

Update: NASA aborts live-streamed space walk after helmet leak

Astronauts Chris Cassidy and Luca Parmitano will be carrying out routine maintenance on the ISS

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