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

Chinese astronauts return to Earth

A Chinese space capsule with three astronauts aboard has returned from a mission to an orbiting module.

The astronauts, left, and the Shenzhou 9 spacecraft

One giant leap for China's space programme

China took a giant step towards its ambition of building a space station by the end of the decade yesterday, with the manual docking of a manned spacecraft and an experimental orbiting module.

China to send first woman into space to test module

 China will send its first woman into space Saturday along with two other astronauts to work on a temporary space station for about a week, in a key step toward becoming the only third nation to set up a permanent base in orbit.

Michael Fassbender is fantastic but his shipmates are a strange bunch in Prometheus

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'Alien' was all killer and no filler – what a pity Ridley Scott's prequel is dazzled by its own good looks

Prometheus, Ridley Scott, 125 mins (15); The Angels' Share, Ken Loach, 101 mins; Snow White and the Huntsman, 120 mins (12A)

'Alien' was all killer and no filler – what a pity Ridley Scott's prequel is dazzled by its own good looks

Astronauts snare SpaceX Dragon capsule in historic first for private craft

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station captured Space Exploration Technologies' Dragon cargo ship today, the first privately owned vehicle to reach the orbital outpost.

James Doohan played 'Scotty' in the original 'Star Trek' TV series

Now it's Scotty's turn to be beamed up one last time

The ashes of the actor who played Scotty in Star Trek were blasted into orbit on the first privately-owned rocket to go to the International Space Station (ISS).

The Falcon 9 streaks over a model of Nasa's Space Shuttle at the Kennedy Space Center

Blast me off, Scotty! Private Falcon 9 spacecraft sends ashes of Star Trek actor into orbit

Rocket launch sees beginning of a new era for space travel

Soyuz astronauts arrive at International Space Station

A Russian-made Soyuz craft carrying three astronauts has docked with the International Space Station, putting the crew in place for the imminent arrival of the first ever privately owned cargo ship to the orbiting lab.

Rocket blasts off from Kazakhstan as crew begins space station mission

A three-man crew blasted off from a space centre in southern Kazakhstan on board a Russian-made Soyuz craft for a half-year stay at the International Space Station.

Nazi piece of work: Julia Dietze and Götz Otto star in 'Iron Sky'

The sci-fi movie Hollywood dare not make

A spoof film about Nazis living on the Moon has become an unlikely hit of the summer, says Kaleem Aftab

Nazi piece of work: Julia Dietze and Götz Otto star in 'Iron Sky'

The sci-fi movie Hollywood would not dare to make

A spoof film about Nazis living on the Moon has become an unlikely hit, says Kaleem Aftab

The Rothschild estate in Agios Stefanos, Corfu, where Peter Mandleson and George Osborne were guests of Nat Rothschild in 2008

Rothschild loses libel case, and reveals secret world of money and politics

Thanks to billionaire's legal battle, we now know a lot more about how the super-rich work

Husband not ready to run as Giffords steps down

The husband of Gabrielle Giffords, the Arizona congresswoman who is standing down while she recovers after being shot in the head, has confirmed he will not run for his wife's seat this year.

Strongest solar storm since 2005 hits Earth

Space weather officials say the strongest solar storm in more than six years bombarded Earth with radiation.

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