23 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Anne McClain during a spacewalk on the ISS on March 22. NASA Excitement turned to disappointment this week when NASA announced it had to shuffle astronaut assignments, scrubbing what would have been the first all-female spacewalk in history. The reason: There wouldn’t be enough medium-sized spacesuit torsos available in time for the Friday event.NASA astronaut Anne McClain, who just completed her first spacewalk at the International Space Station on March 22, spoke out in defense of the decision on Wednesday, saying it was based on her recommendation. “Leaders must make tough calls, and I am fortunate to work with a team who trusts my judgement. We must never accept a risk that can instead be mitigated,” McClain tweeted. “Safety of the crew and execution of the mission come first.” This decision was based on my recommendation. Leaders must make tough calls, and I am fortunate to work with a team who trusts my judgement. We must never accept a risk that can instead be mitigated. Safety of the crew and execution of the mission come first. https://t.co/VU9QNaHHlK— Anne McClain (@AstroAnnimal) March 27, 2019 NASA Space NASA’s wildest rides: Extreme vehicles for Earth and beyond SpaceX: Watch Crew Dragon capsule dock at ISS for the… Comment Tags 1 NASA astronaut Christina Koch and McClain were originally slated to head out into the vacuum of space together to continue work on a project to upgrade the batteries for the station’s solar power system. Now Koch and NASA’s Nick Hague are set to share work duties outside the ISS on Friday.McClain made the call after her first spacewalk when she decided she would be more comfortable in a medium suit rather than a large. It takes time to properly prep a spacesuit and only one medium suit was ready to go, so Koch will wear it on Friday. A third spacewalk scheduled for April 8 is tentatively set for McClain and Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques. McClain had one more tweeted message for people who are bummed about the spacewalk adjustments: “Tune in — history is made every day up here!” 1:50 Sci-Tech Share your voice
A 15-year-old boy was found murdered in a vacant plot of land in North-east Delhi’s Harsh Vihar area on Monday evening.According to the police, the deceased boy has been identified as Raza. The incident came to light on Sunday evening when he went missing after he went to walk outside his house after dinner in the I block of the Sunder Nagri colony. His family started searching for him frantically and informed the nearby police station. On Monday at around 4.30pm, a relative spotted Raza’s body in a vacant plot of land near the Jail Road and informed his parents. Also Read – Man arrested for making hoax call at IGI airportRaza’s father, Bhura, is a wholesale fruit seller. Raza is survived by his parents and four brothers and three sisters and was the eldest amongst them. Raza used to study in class IV of a local private school. Raza’s father said that he studied in a government school upto class V but was later shifted to the private school near their house. “I wanted my son to study in an English medium school so I shifted Raza to the private school near our house. However, the school authorities denied him admission in class VI because of bad academic background so he was made to start his studies from class I in this school,” said Bhura.He added that Raza’s neck was tied with a rope and his face was completely smashed. After his body was found by their relative, Raza’s family informed the police which took his body to a nearby hospital.
Having grown up together and learning music, playing jugalbandi comes naturally to Lakshay Mohan and Aayush Mohan. One on sitar, the other on sarod, these young brothers are well–known amongst the music fraternity and art connoisseurs. Hailing from the Maihar Gharana, Lakshay and Aayush have been acknowledged as one of the greatest cultural motivators and icons for the younger generation for preserving and propagating Indian Classical Music. Eminent guru such as Pandit Uma Shankar Mishra, Padmabhushan Sharan Rani, Pandit Balwant Rai Verma and Pandit Tejendra Narayan Majumdar have given them a solid foundation. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe duo became the first Indians to perform at the Grammy Museum, Los Angeles in 2015.They have performed across the globe at prestigious festivals and venues some of which are the Grammy Museum, Los Angeles ; Learn Quest Music Conference, Boston ; David and Dorthea Garfield Theatre, San Diego ; Abbey Theatre, Dublin ; Sawai Gandharva Festival, Pune ; Gunidas Sangeet Sammelan ; Mumbai ; Saptak Festival, Ahmedabad ; Taj Mahotsav, Agra. Lakshay and Aayush are known to connect to all kinds of listeners while preserving and incorporating old musical compositions and techniques in their playing. “We always maintain the discipline and true essence of classical music in our performance. So a purist or a connoisseur would never find anything ‘un-classical’ in it but at the same time the presentation is planned keeping in mind the balanced role of all aspects so that it can appeal to the musical sensibilities of a new listener also,” said Lakshay. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn an era, when most youngsters are turning away from classical music, it becomes a task to retain the interest of listeners. And although Indian classical music will never become as popular as western music, Lakshay and Aayush believe that the future is not bad. “The number of youngsters taking up classical music was always less because it involves lots of determination, inborn talent and perseverance to master this art. But again the number of listeners will always be limited due to the nature of this music and hence there is no need for large number of performers. Classical music will always have its own audience and it has survived against all odds. till now.” Only a few among millions have the ear for classical music and since the listeners are so scarce, it takes a toll on the people who have taken Indian classical music as a profession. “Taking something as a profession means you must be able to earn enough money through it to support yourself and your family. Not many people can earn money if the demand for classical is so less. There are so many other quick ways to get entertained that only a small section has the patience to develop taste for classical,” said Aayush.A jugulabandi is much more than just playing together on same or different instruments. It takes a lot of practice to be in sync and one must understand the other’s harmony to improvise and present aesthetically appealing music. Over the years, people’s taste in music has evolved and they don’t want to go for a jugalbandi, instead, concerts or band performances appeal to them more. So, does that mean Indian classical also needs to evolve according to people’s taste in music?”It is quite natural for all art forms to evolve with time and classical music has always been changing gradually over years. But evolving does not mean that it loses its identity and essence completely in order to cater to the audience who are unaware of its true form.””If that happens, it would be a disaster because we would be depriving future generations of the true feel or experience of this music,” explained Lakshay.