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

'Endeavour' touches down safely in Florida after its final trip to space

The space shuttle Endeavour touched down at its Florida home base early yesterday, capping a 16-day mission to deliver a science experiment to the International Space Station on Nasa's penultimate shuttle flight.

Space shuttle Endeavour makes final touch-down

The space shuttle Endeavour and its crew of six landed at Kennedy Space Centre in Cape Canaveral, Florida, early today.

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Classical mythology presented the Moon as the sibling of the Sun. But scientists, having performed an analysis of lunar rocks, are increasingly of the view that our closest neighbour in space is a cousin of the Earth. They believe that a massive chunk of our planet became separated about 4.5 billion years ago and ended up orbiting us – although how this happened scientists are still unsure.

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Endeavour astronauts fix the $2 billion cosmic ray detector to the International Space Station.

'Endeavour' stays grounded until part is replaced

The space shuttle Endeavour's final launch has been delayed until at least the end of the week because technicians need to replace a crucial component, Nasa said yesterday.

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"What's in a name" asks the National Association of Motor Auctions, proudly announcing that this is to be its new moniker (it has until now operated as the Society of Motor Auctions). Well, one thing that's in a name is what it makes people think of – and for this reason Nama, as it will henceforth be known, may not have made the best choice. There is another Nama with which the world is more familiar – and it is not a happy association. Nama is the bad bank set up in Ireland a little while back to manage all those distressed assets.

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Fifty years ago, Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space. It was a wondrous achievement - so why did the Russians try to mount a major cover-up on the cosmonaut's return?

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Astronaut Mark Kelly speaks about shot congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords' recovery.

Business Diary: BAA PR effort grounded again

The curse of BAA strikes again: to lose one PR chief might beconsidered unfortunate, but to lose no fewer than four is more than careless. Malcolm Robertson, the current incumbent, quit his post yesterday, meaning that BAA is now on the hunt for its fifth communications director in as many years. Mr Robertson says the December snow debacle is not the reason he is leaving and that he had been thinking about ending his 12-year career at BAA before that crisis. Still, it can't have helped.

Video: Russian spacecraft lands safely

A Russian Soyuz capsule has landed in Kazakhstan, bringing a Nasa astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts back to Earth.

A Day That Shook The World: Challenger space shuttle explodes

On 28 January 1986, the world was shaken when the Challenger space shuttle exploded without warning scant minutes after launch.

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