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On SpaceXs Crew Dragon a star is born A plushie toy of

first_img 0 Space cheese and 9 other weird items we’ve sent into orbit (pictures) Earth will learn a lot during his busy week on @Space_Station – today he kept me company while we checked our suit sizing to account for space growth (I am 2 inches taller than when I launched!), then we did some translation adaptation. pic.twitter.com/A89tJauyQu— Anne McClain (@AstroAnnimal) March 4, 2019 Earth’s second day on @Space_Station started early, but he was happy to learn that even in space, the day starts off with coffee. Then it was emergency mask donning practice with @Astro_DavidS – if there’s an (unlikely) ammonia leak, we have just seconds to protect ourselves. pic.twitter.com/Mmtc6ii3B8— Anne McClain (@AstroAnnimal) March 5, 2019 Yes buddy, that’s your Mother Earth. Isn’t she beautiful? pic.twitter.com/qY6KDbAIwb— Anne McClain (@AstroAnnimal) March 4, 2019 Sci-Tech There’s a long history of astronauts and cosmonauts taking small toys along on launches. When the toy floats, it indicates the spacecraft has reached microgravity. That was little Earth’s job initially, but now it’s getting the full ISS experience thanks to McClain. McClain posed with the Earth toy after entering the Crew Dragon capsule on Sunday after the capsule successfully docked with the station. She then took it aboard the ISS to look at its home planet. “Yes, buddy, that’s your Mother Earth. Isn’t she beautiful?” McClain tweeted. Crew Dragon makes history Musk is following Earth’s escapades in space and retweeted one of McClain’s images. “Buddy is like an Earth Pokémon,” the SpaceX founder wrote.Crew Dragon is spending a total of five days docked at the ISS before returning to Earth for a planned landing in the Atlantic Ocean. The Demo-1 mission marks a milestone for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. If the capsule passes this trial, then NASA and SpaceX hope to launch astronauts on Crew Dragon as soon as midyear. The endearing toy comes from Celestial Buddies, which makes plush planets. The company was taken by surprise when the toy went to space, saying, “a sudden flurry of orders for Earth in the 48 hours prior to liftoff had made us wonder if something was afoot.” The little Earths are now on back order. Celestial Buddies expects a new batch to arrive at the end of April.   Super high tech zero-g indicator added just before launch! pic.twitter.com/CRO26plaXq— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 2, 2019center_img 10 Photos Enlarge ImageNASA astronaut Anne McClain hangs out with the little Earth plushie. NASA NASA astronaut Anne McClain on the International Space Station has adopted a plushie anthropomorphic Earth toy as the newest member of the crew. The little planet is now a social media star.Little Earth rode along on the history-making SpaceX Crew Dragon Demo-1 mission over the weekend. SpaceX founder Elon Musk tweeted photos of the stuffed toy on March 1, calling it a “super high tech zero-g indicator.” Post a comment Share your voice Elon Musk NASA Space SpaceX The adventures continued as Earth hung out with the astronaut while she checked her spacesuit sizing. McClain is now two inches taller than when she first arrived at the ISS, a common phenomenon for astronauts when away from Earth’s gravity.  NASA astronaut snaps dazzling Crew Dragon photo from ISS SpaceX Crew Dragon achieves landmark docking with space station Tags Earth’s tour of the space station continued with some morning coffee in a bag. It then got to try on an emergency mask along with Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques. The mask practice is in case of an ammonia leak, which would give the crew mere seconds to don the masks to protect themselves.last_img read more

Indian Army men assault Kashmir SDM on Lok Sabha election duty

first_imgPeople from the Baramulla constituency of North Kashmir turn out to vote despite reports of violence and threats in the regionTwitter/ Ieshan WaniAn on-duty sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) was allegedly thrashed by Indian Army men on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway in Jammu and Kashmir. According to reports, Ghulam Rasool Wani was also on duty for Lok Sabha elections in the South Kashmir constituency.Wani had to report at a polling booth in Anantnag and was travelling along with four other election officers in a vehicle on the Srinagar-Qazigund stretch of the highway. Wani told Indian Express that the vehicle was stopped at three security checkpoints but was eventually allowed to travel on the highway during the security forces’ convoy movement. “They noticed the SDM sign on our car and let us go,” Wani said.However, at the fourth checkpoint, an Indian Army soldier interrupted the poll officers and refused to let them reach their location. “He asked us to come out of the vehicle. And as soon as we came out, he dragged me by the collar and dragged me on the road for 20 metres. The fellow soldiers pointed their guns at the poll officers and even snatched my cellphone,” Wani added.Wani said that the Indian Army men assaulted all the staff members and threatened them at gunpoint. Indian army soldiers patrol a street near a site of a gunbattle between Indian security forces and militants in South Kashmir.Representational image | ReutersThe SDM said as soon as he reasoned with the soldiers that they were government officers doing their regular duties, the Army men used abusive language and threatened them. “They held us hostage and it was only after the Deputy Commissioner Anantnag interfered that we were set free,” he added.He said that he cannot take the matter casually and has sent a written complaint to the Qazigund police station as well the state election officials.Meanwhile, Army spokesperson Col. Brijesh Kalia said that an investigation has been ordered into the matter. While taking a dig at the armed forces over the incident, former IAS officer-turned-politician and J&K Peoples Movement chairman Shah Faesal tweeted that the news is very unfortunate. He also demanded the registration of an FIR against the erring soldiers by J&K Police. “It is hoped that AFSPA won’t come in the way of IPC/RPC and the action will be taken,” he said.The controversial ban on the civilian vehicular movement on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway for two days every week, that came into force a few days ago, has been creating a rift between the security personnel and the masses in the valley.last_img read more

Volunteers need umbrella org for effective disaster response

first_imgSpeakers at a roundtable on `Institutionalisation of Urban Community Volunteers` organised by Prothom Alo in association with Social and Economic Enhancement Programme (SEEP) of Save the Children at the daily’s Karwan Bazar office on Wednesday. Photo: Abdus SalamUrban planners and people concerned at a roundtable on Wednesday said volunteers at the urban level of disaster management need to be brought under one umbrella organisation in order to ensure effective and prompt response to disasters.The roundtable styled “Institutionalisation of Urban Community Volunteers” was organised by Prothom Alo in association with Social and Economic Enhancement Programme (SEEP) of Save the Children at the daily’s Karwan Bazar office in the capital.Speakers highlighted various aspects and obstacles of disaster management, especially in at an urban level.Citing the difference between coastal and urban disaster management, they said volunteers working in urban areas needed different training and technical support.Although many NGOs conducting different training programmes for volunteers, most of them are ad hoc or project- based. When their training project ends, the volunteers do not have proper guidelines about their service that leads them to drop out in many cases. Institutionalising community volunteers would make their services well-organised.The discussants said the Bangladesh government is committed to train 62,000 community volunteers as the densely populated nation is highly susceptible to earthquakes.Emphasising the issue of awareness building, the disaster management and relief ministry’s additional secretary Satya Brata Saha said a nation needs a vision for development.The discussants suggested initiatives to create awareness about the disaster management among people through TV programmes, community radio and street plays.The Cyclone Preparedness Programme (CPP) conducts training, seminars, street plays and campaigns to raise awareness on disaster management.Speakers at a roundtable on `Institutionalisation of Urban Community Volunteers` organised by Prothom Alo in association with Social and Economic Enhancement Programme (SEEP) of Save the Children at the daily’s Karwan Bazar office on Wednesday. Photo: Abdus SalamThe discussants said a single agency should take all the responsibilities for the urban community volunteers with particular roles. The agency should be strengthened so that they can lead efficiently during any disaster.Describing community as the worst sufferer and first responder during any disaster, director general at Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence brigadier general Ali Ahmed Khan said, “Trained volunteers are assets for any society.” Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence have already trained up 33000 volunteers with the financial support of Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme, he mentioned.Ali Ahmed Khan said, “The fire service in association with community volunteers can build up a sustainable force “.He said the fire service maintained a manual database not a digital one. So they faced difficulties to find volunteers during a fire. Besides they couldn’t share their database with the city corporations, the municipality and other offices in the district level so that they could get help from the volunteers.Praising Prothom Alo’s initiative, chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on relief and disaster management Dhirendra Debnath Shambhu said, “The government is currently working on building an umbrella organisation for all the volunteer groups.”Disaster being a barrier to development, disaster management needs to be more effective and up to the standard to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, he said.Trained volunteers Mohammed Wahid and Mohammed Shaheed Alam, director general of Disaster Management Directorate Md Reaz Ahmed, director (admin) of CPP Ahmadul Haque and director of Programme Development and Quality at Save the Children Reefat Bin Sattar and other also spoke at the roundtable.Prothom Alo associate editor Abdul Quayum moderated it.last_img

Fresh DUCSU polls not possible DU VC

first_imgvice-chancellor AkhtaruzzamanDhaka University vice-chancellor Akhtaruzzaman on Wednesday said the demand of students to go for fresh polls to Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (DUCSU) is not possible as there is no rule to this end, reports UNB.”Students came to my office with their demand. I listened to it But it’s not possible to meet their demand as there’s no rule or system in university regulations for fresh polls,” he said.The DU vice-chancellor was responding to queries from reporters in front of his office.On the election day, instant actions were taken in case of any irregularity, he said referring to the Kuwait Maitree Hall incident where stamped ballot papers were recovered before the voting started on 11 March.Earlier in the day, newly elected DUCSU vice president Nurul Haq Nur demanded fresh election by 31 March.Besides, members of various panels, who boycotted Monday’s DUCSU elections, have given the authorities three days to announce fresh polls schedule and submitted a memorandum to the VC office in this regard.last_img read more