Next Monday, at 21:18 BST, marks the 40th anniversary of the touchdown of Apollo 11 on the Moon. Sadly, for most of the intervening years humankind's exploration of space in person has been limited to low earth orbit where the International Space Station (the ISS) is now our most visible presence. If the shuttle Endeavour has been launched by the time you read this, it may be visible during its approach to the ISS before they both disappear from our evening sky. Our BST predictions use asterisks to mark the directions in which the ISS fades into eclipse in the Earth's shadow. A Russian Progress cargo vessel has been in the same orbit as the ISS since the start of this month after being undocked to perform tests of an automated rendezvous system. The craft has been visible as a much fainter object, usually ahead or...
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