The Mercury Seven – Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard and Deke Slayton – in Tom Jennings’s The Real Right Stuff

In 1972, Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner dispatched New Journalism superstar Tom Wolfe to cover Apollo 17, Nasa’s last manned mission to the moon.(...)

US space shuttle Challenger lifts off on January 28th 1986 from Kennedy Space Center. Challenger was 72 seconds into its flight, travelling at nearly 2,000mph at a height of10 miles, when it was  enveloped in a red, orange and white fireball as thousands of tons of liquid hydrogen and oxygen fuel exploded. Photograph: Bob Pearson/AFP/Getty Images

Last week was Space Week and, amid the celebrations of advances in astrophysics, astronomy and space exploration, it seems only right to also mark th(...)

Queen Elizabeth II’s understated but significant words of insight on the troubled history of Anglo-Irish relations at a state dinner in Dublin in 2011 are included in the new edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations: “With the benefit of historical hindsight, we can all see things which we would wish had been done differently or not at all.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

As Scotland goes to the polls today to decide on its independence, it is interesting to leaf through this week’s newly published eighth edition of (...)