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NASA completes another test of Mars-bound craft Orion

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — NASA today completed another test of its Mars-bound spacecraft Orion, this time with the help of two crash-test dummies to simulate a return-to-Earth splashdown scenario. The test lasted all of about ten seconds and is ninth test of a ten-part water impact series NASA began conducting in April.

See the complete test in the video below. Fast forward to the 19:20 mark of the video to see the splashdown.

Thursday’s test was done by swinging Orion like a pendulum to simulate the scenario in which one of its parachutes might have failed. After a few seconds of swinging, Orion was dropped into the 20-foot deep Hydro Impact Basin, an outdoor pool facility, at NASA’s Langley Research Center.

Inside the mock-up were a number of sensors along with the crash-test dummies — one of the dummies represented a 105-pound woman, the other a 220-pound man. Both were equipped with spacesuits, and were covered in sensors themselves so engineers could analyze the impact of the landing would have on a human’s body.

Orion is the craft NASA plans to use as a vehicle to send humans on deep-space ventures, such as asteroids or Mars. Once returning to earth, the craft deploys parachutes to slow its descent toward the ocean, similarly to that of the astronauts who took part in the Apollo missions.

However, because Orion is an entirely new breed of spacecraft, NASA must conduct the tests in an effort to understand how the vehicle will behave upon landing under a large range of scenarios. The easiest way to describe the craft would be Apollo’s Saturn V rocket on steroids.

The Delta IV Heavy rocket with the Orion spacecraft lifts off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida December 5, 2014. REUTERS/Steve Nesius (UNITED STATES - Tags: TRANSPORT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) - RTR4GUK3

The Delta IV Heavy rocket with the Orion spacecraft lifts off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida December 5, 2014. REUTERS/Steve Nesius

 

While the destination is the most name-catching part of the program, NASA wouldn’t consider a deep-space journey a success without returning its astronauts home safely. Making this task more difficult is the fact that astronauts’ bodies are already weakened by long-duration exposure to the weightless environment of space prior to landing.

Taking that into consideration, NASA are currently making preparations for a wide range of landing scenarios, including extreme weather conditions to failed parachute deployment before sending humans into space with Orion.

The first crewed Orion flight isn’t scheduled to take place until the year 2023, fittingly named Exploration Mission 2, but in the meantime, the craft will continue flights without its precious cargo. As seen in the image above, NASA completed a successful launching of the craft in 2014 (Exploration Flight Test 1), in which a uncrewed craft was launched atop a Delta IV-Heavy rocket to an altitude of 3,600 miles for two orbits around the planet.

Flying farther than a spacecraft designed to carry humans had flown in more than 40 years, EFT-1 marked a milestone for NASA and (modern) human space exploration.

These tests are all being done as NASA prepare for Exploration Mission 1, Orion’s next big flight, a heavily anticipated event because of the fact it will be the first time the craft flies with its rocket companion, the Space Launch System.

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Biden, Harris take stage together, announce platform

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WILMINGTON, Delaware (Diya TV) — Former Vice President Joe Biden and California Senator Kamala Harris delivered remarks in their first joint press conference in Biden’s home state of Delaware. They will be formally nominated next week as the Democratic ticket challenging President Trump in November. Biden lauded Harris as the child of “America’s story” who fought for the working class and was ready to take on their opponents in this “life-changing election.” 

And Harris presented Biden as a selfless leader ready to take on President Trump in November.

A key demographic both the Trump and Biden campaigns will make an effort to appeal to in the coming weeks are Indian American voters in Pennsylvania and Michigan. The number of voters of Indian descent in those states are greater in 2020 than Trump’s margin of victory four years ago. And with Harris now in the race, political analysts say Indian Americans will be a determining factor in the outcome.

Biden & Harris annouce platform for their Presidential run.

After a month of verification and certifications, Rik Mehta is officially the winner of the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate seat in New Jersey, topping Hirsh Singh. The former U.S. Food and Drug Administration official Mehta defeated Singh by just over 8,000 votes.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Harris named as Biden’s VP pick, first Indian American

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WILMINGTON, Delaware (Diya TV) — It’s not a complete surprise, but it’s historic nonetheless – former Vice President Joe Biden named California Senator Kamala Harris to his Presidential ticket. Next week, they will take the virtual stage at the Democratic National Convention as the challengers to President Trump and Vice President Pence in November. Harris, who is Black and Indian American, will be the first Asian American to be on a presidential ticket. We will have a full rundown of her career and why she overcame challengers like Senator Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Val Demings for the post. And we’ll go in depth on the effect her candidacy will have on the Indian American voter, a group that has long voted Democratic, but is actively being courted by Republicans, led by President Trump.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues globally, the numerical milestones continue to stun. There are now 20 million cases reported around the world. The total afflicted in the United States is now over 5 million, with more than 164,000 deaths.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Joe Biden picks Indian American Senator Kamala Harris for VP

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden announced today his running make will be Indian American Senator from California, Sen. Kamala Harris. This etches a moment within the halls of the United States’ history, as Harris now becomes the first Indian American & first woman of color to be a Vice Presidential candidate for a major party. 
Sen. Harris talks to Diya TV’s Ravi Kapur about AAPI engagement in the upcoming elections

A daughter of Jamaican & Indian immigrants, Sen. Harris has been a stalwart within the democratic party. It wasn’t too long ago she annouced her very own presidential bid in her hometown of Oakland, California. However she dropped out of the race early on, and many speculated then she would be the VP candidate for a Biden Harris ticket. 

With major news organizations identifying her as ‘Black’, ‘African American’, many wonder if Sen. Harris identifies as Indian American. Each time she spoke with Diya TV she referred to her Indian roots proudly and fondly reminisced her childhoold growing up with a Jamaican father & a South Indian mother. 

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