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Volume 28 – December 30, 2010


For many of our readers, 'tis the season for celebration, giving and renewal, we have tried to capture this theme, in this issue of Anousheh's Newsletter. Wishing everyone peace and joy.


Santa's North Pole

We all have heard of North Pole, especially at this time of the year in Western countries, you can not help but hear about Santa and his elves living blissfully in North Pole. But did you know that North Pole is moving? The North Magnetic Pole (NMP), that is!

Shortly after NMP was located in 1831 in what is now northern Canada, it was observed that each year this magnetic pole moves about 15 Kilometers. However, in the 1990s, the movements were much bigger; measuring at about 55 Kilometers per year. Continuing in this manner, the NMP could very well end up in Siberia in about ten years.

According to the latest researchers and experts, a resolution of this mystery will have to wait for more Satellite data, and better modeling. However to read a very strong reasoning, published in July 2010 in the Journal of Geophysical Research, please visit: http://www.agu.org/pubs/crossref/2010/2009JB007143.shtml

I'm Dreaming of a Blue Sunset

In November, Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's panoramic camera (Pancam) recorded images of a Martian sunset. Using these images, Mark Lemmon of Texas A&M University working with Pancam Lead Scientist Jim Bell, of Cornell University, have produced a moving-picture simulation of the bluish sunset.   

To see the Blue sunset video clip as well as a partial eclipse on Mars, please visit:


Visions of Firework in Space

As our final space-Holiday themed item, we would like to offer you beautiful images of faraway reaches of space.
Approximately 100 million years ago, a smaller galaxy plunged through the heart of Cartwheel galaxy, creating ripples of brief star formation. This false-color composite image shows the Cartwheel galaxy.  

To see a larger picture and read about the colors and their significance please visit: 

This Hubble Space Telescope image of galaxy NGC 1275 reveals the fine, thread-like filamentary structures in the gas surrounding the galaxy. The red filaments are composed of cool gas being suspended by a magnetic field, and are surrounded by the 100-million-degree Fahrenheit hot gas in the center of the Perseus galaxy cluster. 

To see a larger image and to read more information, please visit:

Conrad Foundation STEM Competition Reminder

To follow up with the previous announcement for The Conrad Foundation Spirit of Innovation Awards 2010-2011, we would like to remind you of the fast approaching submission deadline of January 17, 2011.

The competition challenges teams of high school students to create innovative products using science, technology, and entrepreneurship to solve 21st century, real-world problems.  Students receive support from scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs to develop product concepts and bring winning ideas to marketplace. Teams compete in one of three categories: Clean Energy, Aerospace Exploration, and Cyber Security.

To learn more please visit: http://www.conradawards.org/

My Dream of Stars

My Dream of Stars: From Daughter of Iran to Space Pioneer: a book by Anousheh Ansari and Homer Hickam.

In her memoir, Anousheh recalls her long path to success and to achieving her dream.  To learn more about the book, please visit:  http://www.anoushehansari.com/book/

To find a book signing, please check the upcoming appearances section of this newsletter.

To obtain a copy please visit:



Anousheh's Favorite Quote:

"An eye for an eye only ends up
 making the whole world blind."

-Mohandas Gandhi