Nasa’s announcement came on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the launch of the first American woman in space, Sally Ride.
Three Chinese astronauts entered a space module after carrying out a successful docking manoeuvre.
Chris Hadfield, who captivated millions with his version of David Bowie's Space Oddity, has announced his retirement from the space programme.
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China says the rocket carried a science payload which studied the Earth's magnetosphere.
Richard Branson says that rocket-powered space tourism flights by his firm would have only a minor impact on climate change.
Canadian spaceman Chris Hadfield returned to Earth along with two other astronauts after a half-year mission to the International Space Station.
A revised version of David Bowie's Space Oddity, recorded by Commander Chris Hadfield on board the International Space Station.
Astronauts wrapped up a hastily planned repair job to replace a coolant pump needed to keep the International Space Station at full power.
Crew members at the orbital outpost spotted white flakes of ammonia floating away from the space station, Nasa said.
Minister outlines costs and progress of international science project.
Buzz Aldrin, who was the second man to walk on the Moon, said that the US must lead the way toward building a permanent settlement on Mars.
A three-day meeting has brought together Nasa experts for talks focused on exploring the neighbouring planet.
Sarah Brightman plans on becoming the first recording artist to venture into space en route to the International Space Station.
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