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

Video: Astronauts begin spacewalk

Stephen Bowen and Alvin Drew carry out maintenance on the International Space Station, 220 miles above the earth.

Discovery docks at International Space Station for last time

Space shuttle Discovery arrived at the International Space Station yesterday, making its final visit before being parked at a museum.

The final countdown and the end of an era

The last journey of 'Discovery' represents the grounding of Nasa's ambitions

Seeing Stars, By Simon Armitage

From a talking sperm-whale at the outset to a sighting of Martin Amis in a surreally-enhanced Yorkshire at the end, Simon Armitage's new collection consists of funny, quirky, piquant prose poems.

One small step: the 250-day space odyssey done without leaving home

After more than 250 days in isolation, three participants of a simulated mission to Mars stepped out to a mock-up of the red planet in Moscow and planted flags in the sand yesterday. The Mars500 experiment, at the Institute for Medical and Biological Problems in the Russian capital, is being carried out with the European Space Agency and China's space training centre.

Why infertility will stop humans colonising space

Renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking once remarked that humankind would need to colonise space within the next century if it was to survive as a species.

Sun snapped in stereo for first all-round view

The sun in all its illuminating glory has for the first time been photographed on all sides at once in an historic image that could help to revolutionise our understanding of the immense magnetic forces at the burning heart of our own star.

Bicycle accident grounds US astronaut

An astronaut has lost his place on Space Shuttle Discovery's final voyage after being injured in a bicycle accident. Timothy Kopra suffered unspecified injuries on Saturday, six weeks before Discovery's planned lift-off. He is on indefinite sick leave.

Space, the financial frontier

From tourist trips to the edge of the atmosphere to satellite companies propelling products into the ether, the galactic gold rush is on. And now private firms are making millions from Nasa, says Jerome Taylor

How come you didn't see the whole of the Moon?

Famously reclusive Neil Armstrong breaks silence to answer the burning question

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It's not a stupid question, when you think about it.

Ten years on, and still the brightest light in space

The International Space Station flies over the UK tonight, so keep your eyes peeled

Hydrogen leak delays Discovery's final flight

A potentially dangerous hydrogen leak occurred as Nasa fuelled Discovery for lift-off yesterday, resulting in yet another delay for the space shuttle's final voyage.

Russian-US space crew aborts return to Earth

Two Russians and a US astronaut aborted a return to Earth today when their space capsule failed to separate from the International Space Station.

Boeing buys a ticket for the new space race

The world's most famous plane-maker has signed a deal to send passengers into orbit by 2015
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