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NASA to focus on sending humans to Mars

NASA is to focus on sending humans to Mars after announcing that contracts for transporting Americans to the International Space Station have been awarded to Boeing and SpaceX.

NASA is to focus on sending humans to Mars. Credit: NASA

In a statement NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said: "Turning over low-Earth orbit transportation to private industry also will allow NASA to focus on an even more ambitious mission – sending humans to Mars."

NASA confirms billion-dollar contracts for Boeing and SpaceX

NASA has announced that manned spacecraft will again launch from the Unites States after deals with Boeing and SpaceX.

The total potential contract value is $4.2 billion for Boeing and $2.6 billion for SpaceX, with the spacecraft launching from Kennedy Space Center.

It is hoped the new deal will see crews fly to the International Space Station "in just a few years...ending the nation’s sole reliance on Russia by 2017," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said.

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Yes campaign 'in touching distance of success'

The pro-independence campaign has said the latest ICM poll for The Scotsman "shows that we are in touching distance of success" at the referendum.

The ICM/Scotsman poll suggests that support for the Union has returned to 52%. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Highlighting that the gap in the ICM research had narrowed by six points over the past month, Yes Scotland chief executive Blair Jenkins said:

The referendum is on a knife edge, and this will spur on everybody who wants and is working hard for a Yes to redouble their efforts.

– Yes Scotland chief executive Blair Jenkins

Obama: Chance of Ebola outbreak in US 'extremely low'

President Obama has said US government experts think there is an "extremely low" chance of an outbreak of Ebola in America.

Speaking at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Mr Obama said: "I want the American people to know that our experts here at the CDC and across our government agree that the chances of an Ebola outbreak here in the United States are extremely low."

NASA to announce 'return of manned spaceflights'

NASA is due to make a major announcement regarding the return of human spaceflight launches to the United States.

NASA has been unable to send people to space since the retirement of the space shuttle programme in 2011 and has relied on Russia to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station.

You can watch the announcement live here:

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NBC has reported that Boeing and SpaceX are expected to win a contract to start transporting astronauts.

Obama: Ebola epidemic is 'spiralling out of control'

President Obama has issued a stark warning that the spread of the Ebola virus is "spiralling out of control" in a way that could threaten global security.

He said that without rapid action, the number of victims could soon rise from the thousands to "hundreds of thousands".

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RNLI footage of lifeboat crew attempts to reach helicopter

Footage of a lifeboat crew battling high seas in attempt to reach the site of the fatal helicopter crash has been released by the RNLI.

The video shows the four-man crew attempting to get closer to the wreckage of the aircraft before being forced to pull back from the coastline.

An RAF helicopter hovers over the scene of the crash, which killed two people.

We could see the wreckage of the helicopter at the bottom of the cliff and could see where it had hit. The swell was too big for the lifeboat to get in close so we were tasked to undertake a search pattern for wreckage with Bridlington all-weather lifeboat. We recovered a number of items which we have passed on to the police. We are all devastated that this service didn't have a positive outcome and that we couldn't help the people on board the helicopter. Our thoughts and sympathy are very much with their family and friends tonight.

– Cole Ibbotson, Flamborough RNLI crew member

Poll suggests 52% of Scots will vote No at referendum

More than half of Scots said they will vote to keep Scotland in the UK ahead of Thursday's referendum, according to the latest Opinium poll for the Daily Telegraph.

The Opinium/Daily Telegraph poll suggests 52% of Scots will vote No at the referendum. Credit: PA Wire

Of the people surveyed who said they will definitely vote:

  • 52% said they will vote No to Scottish independence
  • 48% told pollsters they will vote Yes

Opinium questioned 1,156 Scottish adults between 12 and 15 September.

Obama: The world is looking to US for Ebola help

President Obama has said the world is looking towards his government to help prevent the spread of the Ebola virus.

Speaking at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, he said: "The world is looking to us, the United States, and it's a responsibility we embrace."

"We're prepared to take leadership on this, to provide the capabilities that only America has and to mobilise the world in ways only America can do."

President Obama said the world was looking to the US to help with the Ebola virus. Credit: RTV

Poll suggests 52% support for the Union

The latest poll suggests that support for the Union has returned to 52% - the figure it was commonly believed to be before the shock Sunday Times poll last week.

The Scotsman poll suggests support for the Union at 52% Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

An ICM poll shows support for independence at 48% according to The Scotsman newspaper.

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