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  • The week is rolling along. I'm Carl Azuz,

  • welcoming you to Wednesday's edition of CNN Student News.

  • Our first story centers on a detention facility,

  • a prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. It's operated by the United States.

  • It's part of a US naval base on land that America

  • has leased from Cuba since 1903.

  • To start, we're covering the plan.

  • Yesterday, President Obama called for the detention facility

  • at Guantanamo to be closed.

  • The US Government has identified 13 potential places

  • Where officials could transfer the remaining prisoners,

  • there are about 91 of them there,

  • but no specific location was proposed.

  • This isn't the first time the President has pushed for Guantanamo's closure.

  • When President Obama was elected in 2008,

  • he vowed that he would close Guantanamo Bay within a year.

  • There we go. Seven years later, that has not happened.

  • Well, let's start from the beginning.

  • The Guantanamo facility is rented from the Cubans

  • and was normally used as sort of a naval and Coast Guard base

  • for the United States. When we went to war against Afghanistan in 2002,

  • soldiers were picking up what were called men who were unlawful combatants.

  • Who were picked up on the battlefield.

  • And they were sent to Guantanamo in sort of a hastily arranged agreement,

  • so that they might be processed while there.

  • Well, they weren't processed, they stayed there.

  • Over the course of the war on terror,

  • close to 1, 000 men have been detained at Guantanamo Bay.

  • Now the debate, the Obama administration says closing the detention center

  • and transferring the enemy combatants held there

  • would save the US tens of million of dollars per year.

  • They're been accusations that some of the prisoners at Gitmo

  • had been tortured or mistreated,

  • that the facility itself is a dangerous symbol being used abroad to recruit terrorists.

  • And President Obama says keeping the facility open

  • is contrary to American values.

  • The administration says it needs congressional approval to shut it down.

  • And Republicans and some Democrats have said

  • they're concerned that moving the prisoners to US soil

  • would threaten national security.

  • House Speaker Paul Ryan says moving suspected terrorists to the US is illegal.

  • And American intelligence suspects that dozens of the men

  • who have already been transferred out of Guantanamo

  • have returned to terrorism. Next, to India.

  • Almost 80 % of people there are Hindu.

  • And the controversial caste system

  • used to determine the advantages and disadvantages

  • that different castes or classes would have.

  • That was abolished 67 years ago.

  • And India had implemented programs to give those once considered members

  • of lower castes advantages in getting jobs and admissions.

  • But it's a relatively well- off group that recently protested,

  • blocking highways, burning buildings, and looting.

  • They say reverse discrimination has put them at a disadvantage,

  • and though they reached an agreement with the government

  • that ended the protests after 16 people died,

  • the demonstrations disrupted a water station

  • that supplied part of New Delhi.

  • We're at one of 150 water tanker filler stations

  • in New Delhi since the crisis began, they've been operating all day.

  • Every five to seven minutes or so,

  • a water tanker truck like this one has been arriving.

  • They've been filling it up and going to neighborhoods nearby in the North West of Delhi.

  • This one is headed to a colony around the corner

  • and we're gonna go along and see what happen's.

  • C4- G We're going to block C4- G.

  • We've been getting calls all day for water, he says.

  • As soon as the water tanker arrives,

  • residents emerge from what seems like nowhere,

  • one after another. Word has spread that the water tanker was arrived

  • so we've seen people coming from all over the neighborhood with their buckets,

  • containers like these, even kettles.

  • Basically whatever containers they have to fill up as much water as they can.

  • They haven't received any water here for the past three days,

  • and this is the first time the water tanker has arrived.

  • They jostle for space.

  • They argue as one asks the other to wait on line, the other shouts back.

  • Don't take more than two buckets, share.

  • We can live without a shower.

  • But what about cooking or cleaning our utensils?

  • What about flushing our toilets?

  • It's become so difficult nowadays, every morning

  • I just dream about water, she says.

  • 72 year old Luxmi Ramaswami has gone back and forth three times already.

  • Anything more than this steel urn would be too heavy.

  • She shows me how she's been storing what's become her prize possession.

  • So she's been carrying water up in these small vessels

  • because she's unable to carry the big buckets.

  • She's rationing. She doesn't know when the water tanker truck will arrive again.

  • From the elderly to the youngest in the family, everyone pitches in,

  • collecting every last drop.

  • It only took 15 minutes to empty out this truck.

  • Now, back to the filling station to carry out this routine all over again.

  • Sumnima Udas, CNN New Delhi.

  • Our source for roll call schools, each day's transcript page at cnnstudentnews. com.

  • Yeongcheon High School knows this.

  • We found their request on yesterday's transcript.

  • Hello to everyone in Yeongcheon, South Korea.

  • Jumping over to Wood River Junction, a village in Rhode Island.

  • It's great to see the Chargers of Chariho High School.

  • And from Burlington, Kansas we've got the Wildcats.

  • Burlington High School rounds out our roll.

  • Okay, space travel, it's not for everyone.

  • But for those who want a taste of it yet don't see themselves working for NASA,

  • a private space flight may be on the horizon.

  • No engineering degree necessary.

  • The downsides, it's dangerous at least at this point.

  • You wouldn't have much time before coming back down to Earth,

  • and you'll need an extra quarter million dollars floating around.

  • Richards Branson's Virgin Galactic wants to be the world's

  • first commercial space line.

  • That is the first company to take regular people into space on a regular basis.

  • And this is the spaceship they say could do it.

  • Spaceship two serial two was constructed here

  • in the Mohave desert in this secretive hangar.

  • We're really looking forward to getting it into the air where it belongs,

  • and then eventually into space.

  • Head back, and we're accelerating.

  • Dave McKay is Virgin Galactic's chief pilot.

  • He's been training inside of this simulator hundreds of times,

  • waiting for a real spacecraft to fly again.

  • After roll out, we expect in the next couple of months to be in flight test.

  • Of course, that's hugely significant.

  • That's because Virgin Galactic has not had a vehicle

  • since a tragic accident in 2014 left its spaceship in pieces

  • and killed one test pilot. We're going to learn from what went wrong.

  • The NTSB ruled the cause of the accident to be human error.

  • SpaceShipTwo Serial Two was already in development

  • at the time of the crash. But not nearly ready to serve as a replacement.

  • When we began this journey, we knew that it would be hard and it has been hard.

  • The number one thing is that we're going to test fly this vehicle.

  • We're gonna test fly SpaceShip Two and we're gonna make sure

  • that we understand what happened.

  • Virgin Galactic has made several updates to its new and improved spacecraft.

  • The actual accident itself was caused by a control being moved

  • when it shouldn't have been done,

  • and we've implemented a new system which

  • prevents that ever happening again.

  • But building a spaceship and adding those new features has taken time.

  • SpaceShipTwo Serial Two has been under construction

  • for more than three years. Two, one, release, release, release.

  • This is how it works, the mother ship White Knight Two

  • carries the spaceship 50, 000 feet into the air.

  • Then it separates and blasts off at more than 3 times the speed of sound,

  • reaching between 50 and 62 miles above earth.

  • The six passengers on board will experience about six minutes of weightlessness.

  • And at this point or very shortly,

  • we're going to allow the customers to unstrap and they can float around.

  • More than 700 customers have already paid 250, 000 dollars

  • for a seat when Virgin Galactic eventually starts commercial operation.

  • It's a sensational experience, of course, but it's more important than that.

  • It's a first step in opening up space to the wider population of the world.

  • That last report wasn't to say that only private astronauts

  • would get to have fun in space.

  • Aboard the international space station, this happened.

  • Astronaut Scott Kelly, who's spending almost a year in orbit,

  • recently received a care package from his twin brother back on Earth.

  • It contained a gorilla costume. So why not?

  • This isn't the first time an ape has spent time in space.

  • But it probably is the first time that one chased other astronauts around.

  • NASA, the National Aeronautics and Simian Administration.

  • They're simian to have a ga- really good time up there.

  • People say space flight can be pretty hairy,

  • at least they found a spacesuit that, if not breathable,

  • is still pretty appealing.

  • I'm Carl Azuz and NASA all the time we have for CNN Student News.

The week is rolling along. I'm Carl Azuz,

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