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

Pick of the Day:Digital, Cable and Satellite Television

AS HE did so memorably with Sense and Sensibility, Taiwanese director Ang Lee brings the lucidity of an outsider's vision to The Ice Storm (10pm Sky Premier), a period drama showing on satellite for the first time tonight. In this beautifully realised portrait of disintegrating families in 1970s Long Island, Sigourney Weaver (right) plays Janey, a bored housewife having a messy affair with neighbour Kevin Kline. The details are meticulously evoked; it's all reel-to-reel tape recorders, wind-chimes and wife-swapping. The wardrobe people have had a field-day, too, turning up the most exquisite turquoise trouser-suits, airplane-wing- sized collars and Starsky wrap-around cardigans.

Leading Article: A share of the eclipse

ONE HUNDRED years ago, of an evening, everyone was doing something different. Some were down at the pub talking over the day's events; others were in the parlour sharing a sing-along; still more were pursuing their solitary pursuits, whether they be stamp collecting or reading the latest works on that new theory of evolution.

Right of Reply: The science director of the British National Space Centre responds to a leading article

YOUR LEADING article ("The empty legacy of the Moon landings") describes the space programme as "an empty imperial gesture" not so different from the activities of explorers past, and says there is little interest in space travel now.

Science: Sucked from space

Hurtling towards you at 20,000mph, even the tiniest flake of paint becomes a deadly bullet. And with tons of debris now orbiting Earth at these speeds, the race to dream up a space-age dustcart is on. Roger Dobson reports

Pace jobs to go in pounds 5m cost cuts

Pace Micro Technology, which makes decoders for satellite television, is preparing to make 150 employees redundant as part of a cost-cutting programme which will slash pounds 5m from its annual cost base.

Flextech sells 23 per cent stake in HIT

British cable and satellite television company Flextech has agreed to sell its entire 23 per cent stake in AIM-quoted HIT Entertainment.

Satellites at risk from solar flare

Telecommunications satellites and power lines could be knocked out by a solar flare thrown off from the Sun on Monday, scientists said yesterday. But it could bring benefits to Scottish observers in the form of enhanced "Northern Lights", also known as the aurora borealis.

Growing threat of space litter

Outer space has something in common with Britain - a litter problem - which is posing a growing hazard to satellites and manned space missions.

3-2-1 ... we have an anomaly

Cape Canaveral (AP) - An unmanned rocket carrying a $40m (pounds 25m) navigation satellite for the US Air Force blew up 13 seconds after lift- off yesterday in a spectacular cascade of flaming debris, sending photographers and reporters diving for cover. No injuries were reported.

Around the world with a mobile telephone

The latest in satellite technology is about to be launched into orbit, bringing even the most remote regions within calling distance.
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Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment