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

Photography: Philosophers, By Steve Pyke

The British photographer Steve Pyke is famous for his series of portraits of film directors, astronauts and Holocaust survivors, but most of all for the project which began in 1988 with a commission to photograph AJ "Freddie" Ayer, the author of Language Truth and Logic.

Album: Dawes, Nothing Is Wrong (Loose)

The West Coast revival continues with this splendid second album from Dawes, the Los Angeles combo who were adopted by Robbie Robertson as his backing band for recent promotional performances, presumably because he heard something natural and collective in the way they played together.

Alice Jones: Picking the best comedian is a serious problem

Simmons starts the show dressed as an astronaut and ends it smashing tacos on his bare chest

Nasa's shuttle adventure comes back down to earth

With the words 'Mission complete, Houston', the space shuttle makes its final touchdown

A Day That Shook The World: Neil Armstrong sets foot on the Moon

On 21 July 1969, the American astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first man to stand on the Moon.

Atlantis undocks from space station for final time

The last US space shuttle departed the International Space Station today, ending a 12-year program to build and service the orbital outpost, the primary legacy of Nasa's shuttle fleet.

Air lock closes on 30-year shuttle era

The astronauts on Nasa's final shuttle voyage floated out of the International Space Station for the last time yesterday, leaving behind a historic US flag and a commemorative shuttle model to mark the end of a 30-year era.

Atlantis makes a special delivery

The international Space Station received a year's worth of supplies in a giant shopping trolley yesterday, courtesy of the astronauts on Nasa's final shuttle flight.

We have lift-off: final shuttle launch holds millions spellbound

The Atlantis shuttle blasted off from the Kennedy Space Centre yesterday thrilling spectators who had filled beaches and nearby parks to witness the last launch in the 30-year-old programme.

US shuttle launches after technical fix

Atlantis and four astronauts rocketed into orbit today on Nasa's last space shuttle voyage, dodging bad weather and delighting hundreds of thousands of spectators on hand to witness the end of an era.

Final countdown: The space shuttle's last ever mission

Thirty years after the first blast-off, David Usborne reports from the Kennedy Space Centre, Florida, on the end of an era

Rupert Cornwell: Atlantis's mission marks end of a magnificent era

Out of America: The final space shuttle flight on Friday will be a turning point for the manned space programme. And the future is looking very uncertain

US sues astronaut over sale of 'moon camera'

The US Government has sued a former NASA astronaut to recover a camera used to explore the moon's surface during the 1971 Apollo 14 mission after seeing it up for sale at a New York auction.

Video preview: I, CULTURE weekend

A sci-fi extravaganza of aliens, robots and astronauts is taking place at Theatre Square this weekend, opening with a performance inspired by legendary sci-fi writer Stanislaw Lem.

Astronauts shelter from space debris

Mission control ordered the crew of the International Space Station into their Soyuz capsules yesterday after a close call with a piece of space debris.

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Auschwitz liberation 70th anniversary

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One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
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The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

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Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

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Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

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Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea