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Why Sending A Female Android To Space Is A Problem

India's space program will use a female android named Vyommitra to test the crew module ahead of its first crewed flight. Why did the robot have to be female? And where are the real women astronauts?

Vyommitra the first female android to be sent in space
Vyommitra the first female android to be sent in space
Jahnavi Sen

NEW DELHI — At the end of 2020, a legless female android will be making her way to space. Vyommitra, which is Hindi for ‘space friend", will be flying aboard a crew module attached to a GSLV Mk III rocket in an unmanned mission to prepare for the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO's) first human spaceflight mission, dubbed Gaganyaan.

According to the Indian Express, ISRO plans to use Vyommitra to test the crew module and make sure it's fit for astronauts, who will use it in 2022. "Attaining launch and orbital postures, responding to the environment, generating warnings, replacing carbon dioxide canisters, operating switches, monitoring of the crew module, receiving voice commands, responding via speech (bilingual) are the functions listed for the humanoid," the newspaper said.

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Yes, Her Too: A Feminist Reading Of The Depp Vs. Heard Case

The Johnny Depp-Amber Heard defamation suit has become a Hollywood media (sh*t) storm, but there are troubling real consequences in the way domestic violence is being portrayed, when the victim is less-than-perfect.

Fans welcome Johnny Depp with "Justice For Johnny" signs at the defamation trial against Amber Heard.

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First the background: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard met in 2012. They started a relationship when Depp was still with Vanessa Paradis, and eventually married in 2015. Fifteen months later, Heard filed for divorce, accusing Depp of domestic violence and asking for a restraining order.

In the lawsuit, Heard said, ”I endured excessive emotional, verbal and physical abuse from Johnny, which has included angry, hostile, humiliating and threatening assaults to me whenever I questioned his authority or disagreed with him.” They then made a million-dollar settlement, and soon after, Heard asked for the restraining order to be dropped.

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