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Be The Change Herald


Volume 31 – March 28, 2011


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Spring, Moon and Rituals

What do druids, ancient Persians, Easter celebration,  pagans, present-day Nowruz celebration, the Sphynx's direction, Saint Patrick's day, Japanese Shunbun no hi.... have in common? Yes, you guessed it. They all have rituals and festivities rooted in ancient traditions of spring celebration. Growing sprouts and seeds, coloring eggs, gifts, fire, candles, flowers or flower prints, remembrance and family... are some of the main activities that people have performed throughout centuries and millennium around the time of vernal equinox.

Vernal equinox occurs on March 20 or 21st of each year, at the start of spring, when the center of the sun is in the same plane as the Earth's equator. As a result, everywhere on Earth, day and night become of almost equal lengths.

This year for the start of spring, we all had the pleasure of observing a Super Perigee Moon, at its closest to Earth in 2011. The last full moon so big and close to Earth had occurred in March 1993.

To see a photo of the full moon rising near the Lincoln Memorial please visit: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_1900.html

To learn more about Equinox, Vernal Equinox, different culture's celebrations, please visit:

For brief cultural references, and rituals please visit:

Robonauts in Space

Very few of us don't remember R2D2 from Star Wars movies. In case you have missed it, today we would like to introduce you to real life robonaut, R2B. A robonaut is a dexterous humanoid robot built and designed at NASA with the intent to help humans work and explore in space.

In the current version of Robonaut, Robonaut 2 or R2, NASA and General Motors are working together with assistance from Oceaneering Space Systems engineers to accelerate development of the next generation of robots and related technologies.

On February 24, 2011, NASA launched the first human-like robot to space to become a permanent resident of the International Space Station. The dexterous robot not only looks like a human but also is designed to work like one.

To learn more about the robonaut and the ISS mission please visit:

To view footage, please visit:

What If Competition Announcement

What If Competition management team is very excited to announce the start of the forth competition in late April.  Partnering with some of the best educational institutions in North America, the competition is returning this year with a fresh look, an exciting new challenge and great prizes. The competition will be open to all middle-school students in United States and Canada. Look for more announcements in your inboxes, in the coming month!

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:

"Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly."

-Poem Langston Hughes