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Volume 3 – November 13, 2008

2008-2009 Global Dignity Project

On October 20th, 2008, the Global Dignity Project brought together people from around the world to highlight the importance and power of dignity.  Participants of this event were from all around the world, from Finland to South Africa, from Canada to Iran, from Washington to Indonesia, from Kenya to the International Space Station, to name just a few.

Anousheh Ansari participated in this event and talked to the students of "Reyhan-at-al-Rasoul" high school in Iran about dignity.

The mission of the Dignity Project is to globally implement the universal right of every human being to lead a dignified life. This is a paradigm shift in thinking about our global challenges, a new language and a mindset to approach issues of poverty, peace, and progress. 

For more information on the Global Dignity Project go to: www.globaldignity.org/frontpage

What If Competition Update

To day, 3 teams have registered. The teams in alphabetical order are:

  1. Anthony, Egg Harbor Township
  2. Queen Homeschool, Sesser
  3. Stroud, Elk Grove

If you are planning to participate, register soon! The deadline for registration is February 1st, 2009.

For more information visit: www.whatifprize.org

European Southern Observatory

While the most incredible Ultra Deep Fields have been observed only through the Hubble telescope in the orbit, recently, another incredible machine has captured the deepest ground-based U-band image of the universe. After 40 hours of gazing into the same region of sky, VGT, Very Large Telescope, of the European Southern Observatory produced the image, revealing a sky full of galaxies, each with hundreds of billions of stars.  To learn more go to: http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2008/11/move_over_hubble_theres_a_new_deep_field_in_town-2.html

K-12 Experiments at ISS

On November 14th, a payload of spiders and butterflies is scheduled to launch on board of Endeavour heading for the International Space Station . The two educational experiments (comparing the life cycle and behavior of the spiders and butterflies in orbit and on Earth) will be closely monitored by hundreds of K-12 students from Colorado's Front Range.  This will be the third shuttle trip for the educational program known as CSI. To learn more visit: http://www.redorbit.com/news/space/1599499/k12_butterfly_spider_experiments_going_to_iss/  

International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight (ISPCS) Intern Program

The purpose of this internship program is to introduce undergraduate and graduate students to the work involved in the personal and commercial spaceflight industries under the guidance of industry mentors/personnel. One of the 7 interns for the current year is Korey Hosak. 
Korey Hosack received an internship with Microgravity Enterprises. During his internship Korey worked on three main tasks:  

  1. Design of a Payload Experiment for high school students.
  2. Viability assessment of the current microgravity research to potential  commercial applications.
  3. Market research for MEI products.

To learn more go to spacegrant.nmsu.edu/ispcs/index.html .

Live Expert Video Chat Series

On November 6th, the Conrad Foundation started a news series of live video chat sessions with a panel of Experts in each of their 3 competition categories. Anousheh Ansari was the first member of this panel. To learn more go to:  http://www.conradawards.org/news_article.php?num=5