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Guinness World Records
A year after its successful return to Earth, Japanese Hayabusa mission has been officially entered into the Guinness World Records as the first spacecraft to return to Earth carrying material from an asteroid as well as the first spacecraft to lift off from an asteroid.
Due to the pioneering nature of the field, many space missions and space crafts are and will continue to be in the Guinness World Records, but the Hayabusa mission is worthy of attention for its 7 year saga of strain of bad luck and human ingenuity. Launched in 2003, the probe faced the largest solar flare on record, problems with its lander's release, malfunction of its dust collection system, fuel leak, thruster failure and communication blackouts. Although with a 3 year delay, the probe finally returned to Earth successfully, bringing back a dust sample.
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LHC and Breaking the Data Record
In a quest for new and exotic particles, scientists at CERN near Geneva, Switzerland have been accelerating protons and crashing them into each other in LHC (Large Hadron Collider) since 2008. One of the most sought after particles is the elusive Higgs boson. Although this theoretical particle has been predicted to exist for some time, it has never been seen.
The chances to find Higgs boson and other new particles, leading to new physics, are much higher today than when LHC's operation began. On June 17, 2011, the scientists at CERN announced the amount of their collected data has gone over 0.999 to 1 inverse femtobarn. If you don't know what a femtobarn is, you are not alone! A femtobarn is a measurement of particle collisions per area, and since the number is on the rise, it shows more particles are smashing together, and the more collisions, the more possibility to discover new particles.
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Record Breaking Telescope?
In keeping up with this month's newsletter theme, let's examine another seemingly record-breaking item, the Chinese FAST. The Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST) is already under construction in Guizhou Province in southern China, and is expected to be completed in 2016.
FAST is designed to be bigger, faster and more sensitive than any other single dish radio telescope in existence on Earth. With its many features, structure and remote location, FAST could be the radio telescope finding other intelligent beings transmission in space!
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What If Competition Update and Changes
Registration for What If Competition 's summer competition has already started. Hurry to register your team; the registration ends on July 15!
Please note the following change : the What If Competition management team and sponsors are happy to extend the competition to more students; the competition is open to students of 10-14 years of age, from all countries.
To learn more about the rules and schedule of the competition, please visit our brand new website at: http://www.whatifprize.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/
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