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Astronauts snare SpaceX Dragon capsule in historic first for private craft

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station captured Space Exploration Technologies' Dragon cargo ship today, the first privately owned vehicle to reach the orbital outpost.

Falcon 9 private rocket lifts off for International Space Station

A commercial rocket has blasted off from the US with a load of supplies for the International Space Station.

Trending: Shining a light on conspiracy theories

Stanley Kubrick's horror masterpiece The Shining is the director's take on the Holocaust. Or is it about the treatment of Native Americans? Or numerology? Or how Kubrick – fresh from filming 2001: A Space Odyssey – was behind the faked filming of the moon landings?

SpaceX private rocket launch aborted in last half-second

A new private supply ship for the International Space Station remained stuck on the ground today after rocket engine trouble led to a last-second abort of the historic flight.

Possible engine problem delays US rocket launch

The launch of a privately owned Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station was delayed today when a computer detected a possible problem with one of the rocket's engines.

Soyuz astronauts arrive at International Space Station

A Russian-made Soyuz craft carrying three astronauts has docked with the International Space Station, putting the crew in place for the imminent arrival of the first ever privately owned cargo ship to the orbiting lab.

Members of the Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity team, which includes rover drivers and scientists, test out an engineering model of its next generation Mars rover, dubbed

Nasa tests next-generation of Mars Rover in preparation for start of £1.6bn mission

The Mojave Desert stood in for the dry earth of the Red Planet yesterday as Nasa scientists tested an engineering model of their next-generation Mars rover.

A polar bear surrounded by melting ice in the Arctic

Danger from the deep: New climate threat as methane rises from cracks in Arctic ice

Scientists shocked to find greenhouse gas 70 times more potent than CO2 bubbling from deep ocean

US space shuttle Discovery, sitting atop NASA's 747 shuttle carrier aircraft, flies over Washington monument yesterday

Space shuttle hitches a lift for final voyage

The space shuttle Discovery made a final voyage around the Washington Monument and the White House yesterday, before landing for the last time.

Microsoft man gets Mali PM's job but junta retains control

Mali named Microsoft's Africa representative as its caretaker Prime Minister yesterday but its path back to civilian rule was thrown into doubt as soldiers arrested key allies of the ousted president, Amadou Toumani Toure.

Space shuttle Discovery sets off for final flight

After three decades of space service, Discovery, Nasa's oldest and most travelled shuttle began its new life as a museum relic today with one final takeoff.

Global warming issue 'on par with slavery'

Dealing with climate change is a moral issue on a par with ending slavery, the world's most celebrated climate scientist, James Hansen, of Nasa, believes.

Hackers took control of Nasa

Hackers broke into Nasa systems so comprehensively that they could have compromised US national security, a congressional panel has been told.

The Vehicle Assembly Building at the Kennedy Space Centre

Kennedy Space Centre boldly goes where Nasa has never gone before: on a 'to let' list

Fifty years after John Glenn ushered in an era of American supremacy in space by orbiting the Earth, Nasa is fishing for tenants to rent disused facilities at its Kennedy Space Centre in Florida.

Space ace: Voss in 1999

Janice Voss: American astronaut

The Nasa astronaut Janice Voss, who first worked for the US space agency as a teenager and flew five shuttle missions in seven years, died of breast cancer on 6 February at the age of 55. Voss flew four missions in the 1990s before a flight to the International Space Station in 2000. Nasa said that she was one of six women to fly in space at least five times.

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