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A Would-Be Historical All-Female Spacewalk Cancelled By NASA Because There’s Not Enough Medium-Sized Spacesuit

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The all-female spacewalk scheduled on Friday will be postponed because both female astronauts need to wear medium-size spacesuits but only one is available.

It would have been a very remarkable moment — a leap for women. A history made. But it all has to wait because of a challenge that women face every day – clothes.

NASA said on Monday that the all-female spacewalk scheduled to happen on Friday, a few days before the World’s Women’s Month celebration ends, will be postponed because there are no enough spacesuits that would fit the female astronauts in the mission.

The historical day for female astronauts Anne C. McClain and Christina H. Koch, who is set to be the participants in the first all-female spacewalk on Friday will be postponed because both of them needed to wear medium-sized spacesuits, but only one is readily available at the International Space Station.

Nonetheless, the missions itself is unchanged. A spacewalk will still happen.


NASA astronauts Nick Hague, Anne McClain and Christina Koch (right) work on U.S. spacesuit maintenance in the Quest airlock of the International Space Station. Image from NASA

On Friday, two astronauts will leave the (relative) comforts of the space station to venture outside on a six-hour mission to install massive lithium-ion batteries that will be used to power the research lab. Ms. Koch is still scheduled to participate, along with her fellow astronaut Nick Hague; Ms. McClain did her first spacewalk last week.

“After consulting with McClain and Hague following the first spacewalk, mission managers decided to adjust the assignments, due in part to spacesuit availability on the station,” NASA said in a statement signaling that the all-female spacewalk will happen some other time.

Stephanie Schierholz, a spokeswoman for NASA, said in an interview on Monday that there were already two medium-size hard upper torsos — “essentially the shirt of the spacesuit,” according to NASA — at the space station.

The problem stems from the fact that there is no available medium-sized space suit. It would take hours of crew labor — not to mention some additional risk — to fix that in time for Friday. Ms. McClain had thought she would be able to work in a large-size torso, but after her spacewalk last Friday, she wore a medium-size body and learned that it fit her better. The solution of NASA is to adjust the assignments and switch out the astronauts.

NASA however assured that both women will still be doing the spacewalk; not just together and only not on Friday.

“When you have the option of just switching the people, the mission becomes more important than a cool milestone,” Ms. Schierholz said.

And they are right. They cannot risk one of their astronauts in order to pull off a “historic moment.”

Nevertheless, two astronauts who will walk on Friday, Ms. Koch and Mr. Hague, will be supported by a team on the ground that includes some women in key positions. Mary Lawrence is the flight director, and its lead officer is Jackie Kagey.

In a briefing at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston this month, Ms. Lawrence, Ms. Kagey and Kenneth Todd, the station’s operations integration manager, said that officials did not immediately realize the significance of Friday’s ‘extravehicular activity (EVA)’ line up and what would it mean to women around the world.

It was only later when they discussed the details of the mission that they realized that it would have been the first scheduled spacewalk done by an all-women crew.

Ms. Schierholz said that while there is still no concrete plan for an all-female spacewalk in the future, she expressed its high likelihood because NASA astronauts have been diversifying in terms of gender.

“We’re sort of getting to the point of inevitability,” Ms. Schierholz said of an all-female EVA.

OTHER NOTABLE FEMALE ASTRONAUTS

SALLY RIDE


Sally Ride was in the first group of astronauts to include women. Image from NASA

Sally Kristen Ride was an American physicist and astronaut. Born in Los Angeles, Ride joined NASA in 1978 and, at the age of 32, became the first American woman in space and remains the youngest American astronaut to travel to space. She served on the committees that investigated the Challenger and Columbia space shuttle disasters, the only person to participate in both investigations.

MAE JEMISON

Mae Jemison is the first black woman to go to space. Image from NASA

Mae Carol Jemison is an American physician and NASA astronaut. She became the first African American woman to travel in space when she went into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on September 12, 1992. After her medical education and a brief general practice, Jemison served in the Peace Corps from 1985 to 1987, when she was selected by NASA to join the astronaut corps.

EILEEN COLLINS

Eileen Collins was the first female commander of a Space Shuttle. Images from NASA

Eileen Marie Collins is a retired NASA astronaut and a retired United States Air Force colonel. A former military instructor and test pilot, Collins was the first female pilot and first female commander of a Space Shuttle.

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Elephants, Lions Kill Poacher In Kruger National Park, South Africa

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Animal poaching has been going on for decades anywhere in the world. If you’re not aware of the team “poaching,” it is the act of killing animals illegally especially those animals that are of great value and are close to extinction. This act has been considered by many as a hobby and credit themselves for hunting their big ones, and it’s hugely concerning.

Animal poachers receive rewards from particular organizations that support the activity. These animals are being exploited for fame, business, money, and pleasure. These are also under the illegal animal and wildlife trade care of the underground black markets.

Although unaccepted by law, people continue to do it without knowing the risk they are putting themselves and the environment. There are places where animal poaching often occurs like the forests and wildlife territories. And, animals like elephants and rhinos are the most common targets for poaching, specifically for their horns that are believed to possess medicinal use even though science proved that their horns do not contain any therapeutic substance. Other reptiles also face the same danger; there are birds traded as “exotic pets,” all for profit.

The massive scale on animal poaching has been affecting species’ diversity worldwide. Millions are being put to death yearly and poses a significant threat to their kind.

The Kruger National Park in Africa is one of the world’s largest game reserves. As South Africa’s National Park, it is a protected area for animal and wildlife. However, it is every poachers’ popular area for illegal work. Kruger National Park sustains many animal species and diversity. People can visit the park for leisure and experience (legally). But, somehow, some people love to cross the line.

This week, poachers at the Kruger National Park was attacked by elephants and then later killed by the lions of the park according to park officials. The dead man’s remains were found at the Crocodile Bridge area near the Crocodile river which is known to have a high concentration of rhinos and lions. According to a statement released by the search-and-rescue team, they were only able to recover the man’s skull and pair of pants—these are the only evidence that the lions left for them.

The other four poachers survived the attack and were arrested by the authorities that same day and will have to appear in court. They are also in custody until Friday with pending bail. The authorities did not release their identity to the public.

Animal poaching in Kruger National Park has been going on for years now, although, there has been a decline on rhino poaching over the last year, people still choose to do their illegal works in the area. There are already several poachers that were arrested by the Anti-Animal Poaching Unit, but as members of the underground black market, these people are strong-willed however uneducated by its effects on humanity.

Some organizations serve to protect animal wildlife with the help of the government. And according to them, ‘half of ALL’ poaching that happens around the world happen in Kruger National Park. Imagine if people allow this to happen just for today’s pleasure and experiment there will be no more left for future generations. As of now, animals are entering the gates of extinctions, and we will all someday lose them all. We might just only get a view of these animals on papers and pictures in a few years if this cruelty does not stop.

If people continue to believe that animals contain the “healing powers” and market profit, this underground black markets will still have the chance to keep their work. Every second of the day, in every part of the world, animals are being killed for food and adding animal poaching to the list makes no difference at all.

These animals are important. We need them to survive as much as we also need to sustain our days on earth. We hope each person becomes aware of these things to help our wildlife and environment.

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Lori Loughlin May Spend 2 Years In Jail After College Admission Scheme

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Two long years in prison, that’s what Lori Loughlin and husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are looking at after the crackdown on the alleged most massive college admission scheme in the country.

Reportedly, Loughlin, famous with her role in Full House between 1988 and 1995, paid a total of $500,000 for William Rick Singer’s services to get her two daughters—Isabella, 20, and Olivia, 19—to get admitted in the University of Southern California.

Singer, the head honcho of the scheme, bribed a USC coach to get both Olivia Jade and Isabella into the USC Crew Team. However, both of Loughlin’s daughters never participated in crew, competitively or otherwise.

They were passed off as competitive rowers and was even reported that one of Loughlin’s daughters were made to pose to be photoshopped as a competitive rower.

TMZ reports that both students were “average” students and were only pushed to enter USC to please their parents. Moreover, People magazine reported that YouTube star Olivia Jade Giannulli apparently knew about her parents’ scheme to buy her way into USC but went along with it because she trusted them.

But after the news broke, Entertainment Tonight reports that Olivia Jade was mad she even had to go to the school in the first place: A source said Olivia is “really angry with her parents because she told them she did not want to go to college and she was pushed.”

Her sister Isabella, meanwhile, was more sad to leave. Bella “was far more invested in college and would love to have completed USC,” ET‘s source said.

Furthermore, Olivia Jade was also involved in an online controversy regarding one of her YouTube videos where she rants about not being serious about college, saying “I don’t care about [it]” and only wants to go see university games and experience college parties.

On the other hand, regarding the topic about their current standing with USC, Us Weekly reported that: “USC has placed holds on the accounts of students who may be associated with the alleged admissions scheme,” the college said. “This prevents the students from registering for classes (until they have agreed to participate in the review of their case), withdrawing from the university, or acquiring transcripts while their cases are under review. Among many factors, investigators could consider in reviewing each case are any developments in the criminal cases, including plea deals by parents. Following these case-by-case reviews, we will take the proper action related to each student’s status, up to revoking admission or expulsion.

Either way, both students have not been attending school either they don’t want to, don’t need to, or prevented from, may affect their current standing.

TMZ reported that the girls fear “vicious bullying” if they were still seen around campus. 

Lesser Prison Time

Two years may not seem enough after how Loughlin and Giannulli participated in a scheme that tilted the scales of justice towards their agendas, but there is a way for both of them to get reduced sentence.

Earlier this month, Desperate Housewives star, Felicity Huffman was reported to have accepted a guilty plea deal for her role in the college admission scheme, which allowed her only to face a possible four-month prison sentence. 

However, Loughlin and Giannulli may still face more; which is the right thing in my opinion. Unlike the couple, Huffman only participated in minimally compared to them. 

She paid a relatively low $15,000 to Singer to bribe proctors and let other people take her older daughter’s SAT exam to get a higher average. Also, Huffman was quick to accept a plea deal.

TMZ reported that about a dozen parents implicated by the scandal had been offered plea deals for a reduced sentence and with all of which requiring to serve prison time. The length of time varies, according to the amount they paid in bribes and whether they accept responsibility.

As of the moment, a reported 12 parents accepted the guilty plea deal.

After accepting the plea deal, Huffman said a lengthy emotional statement, “This transgression toward (my daughter) and the public I will carry for the rest of my life.” She adds, “my desire to help my daughter is no excuse to break the law or engage in dishonesty.”

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Prince Harry Says, Children Shouldn’t Be Allowed To Play ‘Fortnite’

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Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex and a member of the UK’s royal family, said that there is another activity which is more addictive than drugs and alcohol; and that’s the playing Fortnite.

The Duke has said that children shouldn’t be allowed to play Fortnite, during his visit to the West London branch of YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association). His comments become viral not just in London but globally, emphasizing the effects of social media and violence these video games have brought on children.

“Social media is more addictive than drugs and alcohol,” quoted by Prince Harry who added that Fortnite is becoming a trend nowadays to children ages seven years old and above. And what is more problematic is the fact that parents don’t have the complete control on how to devise a plan that will constrict their kids from playing too much Fortnite.

The Duke even challenged the parents by asking “What is the benefit of having it in your household?” He said that parents, most importantly, should take an active role in encouraging their children to interact with the world outside the Internet. Playing outdoor games and personal interaction with other kids is the best part of growing up and completing the child’s juvenile memories.

But the Prince is seeing the decline of personal interaction since the invention of social media which usually created online games that lure children away from the real world.

Fortnite is an online video game developed by Epic Games and released in 2017 which is available in three distinct game mode versions. The games are very successful, and Fortnite Battle Royale becomes a resounding success, drawing in more than 125 million players in less than a year and earning millions of dollars per month.

Speaking about Fortnite, the game is created to the addict, which in the words of Prince Harry, “an addiction to keep you in front of a computer for as long as possible. It’s so irresponsible.”

The Duke’s concern is no different from other countries. In the US, Fortnite addiction has been a big problem as well, which links to the increasing number of teens dropping out of school and a considerable decline in interpersonal communication among children. This is the most dangerous case today which mirrors how these online games affect not just the academic performance of kids nowadays but also their social interaction.

Although Prince Harry does not mention whether the game will be banned or a time restriction is going to be implemented, the United Kingdom is still lucky. Unlike China, PUBG Mobile, another online game which dominates almost every country, has been banned for kids under 13 years old, while India, barred PUBG in some of its primary schools. The game has a similar effect with Fortnite which most studies claimed that both harm their studies.

In January 2019, PUBG Mobile on Android and iOS is one of the most popular games in India which landed its fate on a pot of bother with the Jammu and Kashmir Students Association. The student body has asked the Jammu and Kashmir Governor to ban the game immediately due to its adverse effects on children’s examination results. The game is deemed to be very addictive the issue heightened when these youngsters spent 24 hours on the mobile phones playing the game and doing nothing.

Both games have been a cultural phenomenon which draws a lot of attention since the day it was launched. Although Fortnite came first, PUBG also made its way to stardom, creating millions of players in different countries. Prince Harry is a powerful force in awakening the negative impacts of these games to children, and although gaming companies have an explaining to do for not set restrictions on its mobile games, the responsibility does not only rely upon them.

Parents, among others, are in charge of giving disciplines to their kids. Playing mobile game has its advantages as well. One benefit people see that this game may provide its ability to offer an excellent recreational avenue for kids but with limitation and proper restriction. Also, good parenting does not only stop in giving them their basic needs, but social development in its more profound sense is needed for the holistic development of a child. The Government, school, and teachers will only give guidance, but the responsibility lies in the hands of effective parentage.

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