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

Josie Long: Be Honourable!,Just The Tonic at The Caves

Since being unofficially crowned "queen of whimsy" and officially crowned Best Newcomer for her Fringe debut in 2006, Josie Long's fortunes have undulated. This year she appears leaner (both literally and metaphorically) and meaner, but she also, sadly, gorges on indulgence.

Extreme technology: IT at the ends of the Earth

In space, no one can hear you scream at your PC. And in combat in Iraq or at a research station in the Antarctic, computers face tough conditions. Anna Leach meets the extreme tech experts

Screen Talk: Follow that stream

Online streaming of films continues to be largely regarded as a necessary annoyance rather than an actual business with profit.

Astronauts repair space station

Spacewalking astronauts installed a new ammonia pump at the International Space Station yesterday, accomplishing the urgent cooling-system repairs after more than two weeks of impaired operations.

Spacewalk fails to replace pump that keeps space station cooled

Faced with a rare and potentially critical maintenance crisis aboard the International Space Station, directors at Nasa's mission control are expected to wait until Wednesday before allowing two astronauts to resume efforts to replace a cooling unit that stopped working more than a week ago.

Atlantis astronauts begin tour of the UK

Nasa astronauts, fresh from a 12-day space flight on the shuttle Atlantis, are at their first stop today of a UK tour.

Album: Morcheeba, Blood Like Lemonade (Pias)

Reunited again with original vocalist Skye Edwards, Morcheeba's Paul and Ross Godfrey have managed to re-locate the band's classic trip-hop chill-out vibe without sacrificing the growing eclecticism of albums like Charango and Dive Deep.

Steve Connor: A year and a half in isolation may be hard, but it's not the real thing

Spending long periods in a confined space is a trusted method of testing potential astronauts for the "right stuff", but nothing can really prepare them for the extraordinary reality of a genuine space mission.

Shuttle's final touch-down

The space shuttle Atlantis returned from what looks like its final mission yesterday. It touched down at Kennedy Space Centre in Florida with six astronauts on board. It has flown 32 missions since October 1985, covering a distance of 195 million kilometres.

Space flight: A giant step backwards

Faced with the astronomical cost of space flight, the US government has decided to stop funding further lunar missions. It's a short-sighted move, says David Whitehouse – the Moon has so much more to teach us

Newton apple tree sample heads into space

A piece of Sir Isaac Newton's apple tree is being carried into zero-gravity space on the next Nasa shuttle mission.

Shuttle Atlantis to make final space flight

Space shuttle Atlantis is set to blast off on its final flight next week, heading to the International Space Station, carrying up a crew of six and a load of supplies.

Album: K-Os, Yes! (Last Gang)

Trinidad-born Canadian rapper/ producer Kevin Brereton, aka k-os, is in the line of old-school conscious hip-hop that stretches from the likes of A Tribe Called Quest and The Pharcyde through to Jurassic 5 and Common (his stage name, for instance, is code for "knowledge of self").

Space shuttle safely home after one of last missions

The US space shuttle Discovery landed safely at its home base in Florida today, wrapping up one of Nasa's last cargo runs and servicing missions to the International Space Station.

Nasa decision reopens old wounds for Neil and Buzz

Despite being the first Moonwalkers, yesterday's announcement reveals Apollo's odd couple are still worlds apart
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