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Today: Saturday 18 July 2009

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The deployment of more helicopters to Afghanistan would save soldiers' lives, the Chief of the Defence Staff, Sir Jock Stirrup, has said. And it is the 40th anniversary of the first time that man walked on the moon.


Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth has told his staff to stop briefing against General Sir Richard Dannatt, the head of the army, according to the newspapers. Political correspondent Terry Stiasny considers whether the claims that General Dannatt was "playing politics" by speaking out will be silenced.


The Apollo space programme first put a man on the moon exactly 40 years ago. Today presenter Evan Davis looks at Nasa's plans to return man to the lunar surface and beyond.

Today's papers.


What will happen to the UK workforce if the swine flu outbreak becomes an epidemic? Stephen Alambritis, of the Federation of Small Businesses, discusses if companies are prepared for what may be to come.


Former Iranian President Ali Akbar Rafsanjani has called for the release of people jailed after protesting at the result of the recent election. Tehran correspondent Jon Leyne considers if the debate among the Iranian elite has been resolved.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


A UN-backed offensive by the Congolese army in eastern Congo aimed at disarming thousands of Rwandan militia of the FDLR is causing more suffering than the rebels themselves were, reports say. Reporter Mike Thomson looks at the research carried out by Oxfam and Human Rights Watch.

Today's papers.


Launched by presidential decree in 1961, and ending with the return of the Apollo 17 crew in 1972, the lunar landings occupy a clearly defined period in 20th century history. In the third of his reports, science correspondent Tom Feilden reports on the importance of the Apollo era.

Thought for the day with Brian Draper, associate lecturer at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity.


A demonstration is to take place on Teeside over jobs at Corus plants. Labour MP Denis MacShane and Jospeh Lampel, professor of business strategy at the Cass Business School, discuss whether the government should intervene to help the industry.


The head of the British army's interview with the Today programme has been viewed as open criticism of the way the government has approached the war in Afghanistan. Michael Evans, defence editor of the Times, and former defence secretary Malcolm Rifkind discuss whether generals and politicians should fight their battles in public.


Even before Neil Armstrong stepped foot on the moon in 1969, space had become a new cultural frontier. Paola Antonelli, senior curator of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, considers if there is a connection between the world of design and the idea of space travel.


India has experienced its driest June for 80 years. South Asia correspondent Chris Morris examines the worries about water supply and the extent to which the country is dependent on monsoon rainfall.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


The British veteran of the First World War, Henry Allingham - who recently became the world's oldest man - has died at the age of 113. Mr Allingham was the last surviving founding member of the Royal Air Force. Military historian Max Hastings remembers the man and what he signifies to younger generations.


It is 40 years since man took a giant leap for mankind and first walked on the moon. Mike Griffin, the former administrator of Nasa, explains why no human has returned to the moon since 1972.


The former US TV newscaster Walter Cronkite, known to millions as "the most trusted man in America", has died at the age of 92. Journalist Carl Bernstein, of Watergate fame, remembers a man who had been "a voice of certainty in an uncertain world".

Today's papers.


Luna 15, the unmanned Russian mission to the moon that took off three days before Apollo 11, was designed to scoop up some rock and bring it back to earth - and to steal some of Apollo's thunder. It crashed on the moon. Author Matthew Brzezinski and Dr John Sheldon, of the US Air Force School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, discuss the Cold War battle between Russia and the US.


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