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

Chinese space capsule returns safely from 15-day trip to prototype space station

A Chinese space capsule with three astronauts has landed safely on the country’s northern grasslands after a 15-day trip to a prototype space station, marking the latest success for China’s manned space programme as it enters its second decade.

Chinese astronauts (front L-R) Wang Yaping, mission commander Nie Haisheng and Zhang Xiaoguang prepare to board the Shenzhou-10 spacecraft

Shenzhou-10: Capsule docks with space lab

China's fifth manned space mission is its longest

Astronaut Ron Garan spending time in space

'When you see the planet from space it puts the common challenges faced by all humans into perspective'

American astronaut Ron Garan returned from his time on the International Space Station in a Russian capsule - and new faith in the power of global collaboration

British astronaut Tim Peake being grilled by Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight

Further Space Oddity: Jeremy Paxman grills British astronaut Major Tim Peake in weirdly aggressive Newsnight interview

'But what’s the point?' Paxman asks Peake. 'You’re just drifting around, aren’t you?'

British astronaut Major Tim Peake who is to become the first UK astronaut in space for over 20 years.

One giant leap for Britain: UK's first official astronaut Major Tim Peake on tweeting like Chris Hadfield and missing his wife and sons

'Yes, I do play the guitar, but very badly. And I wouldn't inflict my singing on anybody'

Page 3 Profile: Major Tim Peake, astronaut

I see a Union Jack on his overalls. Surely some mistake?

Chris Hadfield performs David Bowie's Space Oddity

The real Star Man: David Bowie champions Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield's 'Space Oddity' cover

Hadfield rocks a triumphant returns to Earth to the sound of a classic Bowie tune

Eddie Izzard's partly political broadcast sees him scrape by to keep his deposit.

Comedy review: Eddie Izzard's Brighton Centre gig is not a Force Majeure - more Partly Political Broadcast

The 51-year-old appears to be canvassing support to be Labour's mayoral candidate rather than performing a stand-up routine

Putin wants to set up a Russian space ministry

Putin aims for the stars with £33bn space programme

Russian President unveils ambitious plans at new launchpad site, including manned flight to Mars

Space Race: Astronauts break record for quickest journey to International Space Station - making trip in less time than standard flight from London to New York

A trio of astronauts have broken the record for the quickest journey to the International Space Station, arriving there just six hours after setting off from a launch pad in Kazakhstan.

Gabrielle Giffords arrives for the Senate hearing yesterday

'Too many children are dying' – Gabrielle Giffords joins the gun debate

Former congresswoman who was paralysed in mass shooting makes surprise appearance at Senate hearing

Neil Armstrong on the Moon with Buzz Aldrin

How spontaneous was Neil Armstrong's famous moon landing line?

"That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind."

Jesco von Puttkamer: Nasa engineer who worked with Wernher von Braun

Jesco von Puttkamer, who died on 27 December at the age of 79, was a member of Wernher von Braun's rocketry team in Alabama. Von Braun and his team's work led to the development of the Saturn V rocket, the rocket responsible for landing the Apollo 11 astronauts on the moon in 1969.

Three-nation crew blasts off in Kazakhstan for International Space Station

A Soyuz spacecraft carrying a Russian, an American and a Canadian has blasted off to the International Space Station (ISS), where the men are to spend half a year in orbit.

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