In thousands of orbits of the Earth, the space shuttle Endeavour travelled 198 million kilometres at speeds of up to eight kilometres per second.Tuesday, 16 October, 2012, 4:19am
She may demur at the suggestion she has become a symbol of inspiration, but a generation of young Japanese women have watched in undisguised admiration as Naoko Yamazaki became the first Japanese mother to be an astronaut.23 Oct 2011 - 12:00am
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Sub sighting in harbour16 May 2011 - 12:00am
I don't wish to sound anticlimactic, especially as China is rejoicing in the accomplishments of its first spacewalk, barely a month after its first Olympics. Rightly so, this should be another defining moment for all Chinese. Even the name 'taikonaut' is now etched alongside 'astronaut' and 'cosmonaut'. Let us not forget, though, that China is playing catch-up. How far behind are we?4 Oct 2008 - 12:00am
Astronauts are going about their business of enlarging and maintaining the International Space Station over the next week or so, oblivious for the time being to all but one of a number of issues swirling about the space shuttle programme - survival.8 Jul 2006 - 12:00am
The launch of a new Mars orbiter designed to find the best landing places for future missions to the planet will be the ultimate answer to those who say the United States should abandon its space shuttle programme because of doubts over safety.
It reminds us that man is committed to the exploration of space to uncover the secrets of our universe - and there is no turning back.12 Aug 2005 - 12:00am
Nasa's space shuttle programme is finally back on track after being grounded for more than two years.
Discovery, one of three shuttles remaining from the original five-strong fleet, is scheduled for launch on July 13 - the first manned US spaceflight since the Columbia disaster in February 2003.2 Jul 2005 - 12:00am
There are few more romantic or risky endeavours for mankind than the exploration of space, a reach beyond the limits of normal existence.3 Feb 2003 - 12:00am