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Be The Change Herald


Volume 37 – September 29, 2011


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Deep Space Exploration 

This month, NASA announced the development of the Space Launch System (SLS) as means of reaching beyond our current limits. The SLS, an advanced heavy-lift launch vehicle,  will be designed to carry the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, as well as important cargo, equipment and science experiments to Earth's orbit and destinations beyond. In addition, the SLS will serve as a back up for commercial and international partner transportation services to the International Space Station.

The SLS rocket will incorporate technological investments from the Space Shuttle Program and the Constellation Program. It will use a liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen propulsion system.  

To learn more about the Space Launch System, to see short video clips and images, and to read some quick and fun SLS facts, please visit:


Spirit of Innovation Awards

The 2011-2012 Spirit of Innovation Challenge officially opened on September 27, 2011 with an exciting new website and some changes.  This year's program offers a dynamic new online community; combining a traditional website with a social media platform to create a collaborative, informative online experience that allows users to engage with one another across multiple platforms (i.e., sharing videos, uploading documents, posting links to stories, etc.)  This community will allow the users to build personal pages, team pages and participate in Spirit of Innovation forums.

To learn about the different categories, crucial dates, eligibility and other requirements, please visit:

What If Prize Students Competition Update 

As we are approaching the registration deadline for What If Prize Students Competition, the management team would like to remind you that the registration will be closed at 11:59pm US Central Time, on Friday September 30, 2011. The entries will be due by December 20, 2011.

To learn more about the rules and schedule of the competition, please visit our brand new website at: http://www.whatifprize.org .

What If Prize Educators Competition

Here at What If Prize group, we are very excited to announce the launch of the Educators Competition.

What If Prize, in partnership with Teachers Without Borders, and MIT BLOSSOMS, have opened this brand new competition to educators of grades 6-12 in the United States and Canada who have written or adapted lesson plans that cover space science or space technology topics, and who have previously implemented these lesson plans.

The purpose of the competition is to recognize excellence and creativity in space science education and to produce useful, peer-reviewed and freely available space science instructional materials for educators worldwide. The registration started on September 22, 2011, and winners will be announced in early 2012.

For more details about the competition, please visit:


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.

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Anousheh's Favorite Quote:

"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea."

-Antoine de Saint-Exupery