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Video: Nasa prepare Jupiter mission

Nasa's Juno probe is almost ready ahead of its long trip to Jupiter.

'Mission complete, Houston'; from spacecraft to museum piece, the shuttle adventure ends

The space shuttle Atlantis returned to Earth yesterday, bringing down the curtain on three decades of space exploration.

Nasa's shuttle adventure comes back down to earth

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

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.

Video: Atlantis docks at International Space Station

The US space shuttle Atlantis has arrived at the International Space Station on the final flight of the Nasa shuttle programme.

Atlantis shuttle to dock with International Space Station

The space shuttle Atlantis is chasing after the International Space Station for the final time and they'll hook up on Sunday.

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: Nasa unveil new pictures of Mercury

Nasa's probe Messenger has revealed new pictures of Mercury.

Video: Nasa shows off solar blast

Rare sun blast means space radiation is heading for Earth.

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