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Astronaut Mike Foale Credit: Nigel Barber

The public will a chance to find out more about the secrets of space travel when veteran astronaut Mike Foale visits Manchester later. He joined the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in 1983, being accepted as an astronaut candidate in 1987 and going on to take part in an incredible six space shuttle missions, as well as becoming the first Briton to make a space walk. He'll be taking part in the so-called "Ask an Astronaut" initiative at William Hulme's Grammar School.

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New 'sleep' lab opens in Manchester

How many of us can ever say we feel like we get enough sleep? And if wanted to grab 40 winks the last place you'd think of to do it would be in a busy shopping centre. But now you can at one of our busiest shopping centres.

The Chronarium at Manchester's Arndale is part sleep lab, part art installation. It's creators say because modern tech like our smart phones is always switched on, it can be difficult for us to switch off. Mel Barham reports.

State-of-the-art research vessel arrives on the Mersey

A state-of-the-art research vessel docked in Liverpool today.

RSS Discovery, a 100-metre long vessel is part of an environmental science event taking place in the city.

It will be moored on the waterfront until October 7th as part of the Natural Environment Research Council’s Into The Blue event.

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