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Thu 8 Sep 2016 06:00

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After years of construction and months of rigorous testing NASA's asteroid-sampling, OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft is ready to take off from Cape Canaveral tonight. Professor Monica Grady is from planetary sciences at The Open University.


Britain has a small number of troops stationed in South Sudan as part of the UN peacekeeping mission which is striving to maintain the ceasefire to bring the civil war in the country to an end. The defence secretary will announce today that 100 more are heading to the country - taking the total to around 400. Michael Fallon is the defence secretary.


The Opening Ceremony of the Paralympics took place overnight, following troubled preparations. The build-up featured a funding crisis, Russia's ban and criticism of athlete classifications and more. Rio de Janeiro correspondent Wyre Davies reports.


A report suggests that teenage weight gain is due to a dramatic drop in the number of calories that they burn - around 500 calories less per day. Professor Terence Wilkins is from the University of Exeter Medical School and led the research.


The government is expected to publish its long-awaited report into the response to flooding in England last December. Mary Creagh is the Labour MP and chair of the environment audit committee and Richard Benyon is Conservative MP and former floods minister.


For 50 years there have been 725 episodes of Star Trek, 13 films and 5 different series with another on the way including countless books and fan conventions. What's the secret of its incredible longevity? Dorothy Fontana was the show’s script editor.


Nick Clegg reflects on his time in government in his book Politics: Between the Extremes.


The US Secretary of State, John Kerry, is continuing talks with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov to try to bring in a ceasefire in the Syrian Civil War. Ash Carter is the US Defence Secretary.


This weekend is the first time that arguably two of the best football managers, Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola, go head to head in the Premier League, as the two Manchester sides meet at Old Trafford. Ruud Gullit is a former Netherlands footballer and has played for AC Milan, Chelsea and Newcastle.


Theresa May has told Conservative MPs she will not "turn the clock back" on grammar schools in England, but did not rule out some expansion. Laura McInerney is the editor of Schools Week and a former teacher, and Sean Worth is from Policy Exchange and a former special advisor to David Cameron.


Ancient DNA of the bacteria that caused the Great Plague of London in 1665 has been identified for the first time. The findings come from excavations at the Crossrail development. Nicola Stanbridge reports.


More on the opening of the Paralympics 2016 games last night. Stephen Payton is the former Paralympic sprint champion and Eva Loeffler is the daughter of the founder of the Paralympics, Dr Ludwigg Guttmann.


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