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Be The Change Herald


Volume 42 – February 29, 2012


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Healing Space Technology

In the past, there has been other issues where space technology applications on Earth had been brought to focus in this newsletter. Although the list is long, there are two healing researches that are relatively new and worth mentioning at this time.

In 2008, neuroArm, the world's first robot capable of performing surgery inside magnetic resonance machines, removed an egg-shaped tumor from Paige Nickason's brain. Since that surgery, neuroArm has been used to successfully treat dozens more patients. The technology that went into developing neuroArm was born from the Canadarm (developed by MDA for the US Space Shuttle Program), as well as Canadarm2 and Dextre, the Canadian Space Agency's family of space robots performing the heavy-lifting and maintenance on board the International Space Station.

To learn more about neuroArm, please visit: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/news/neuro_Arm.html

In another research, the focus is on reducing bone loss. Although for years, the astronauts have tried to minimize the amount of their bone loss through exercise and supplements, the problem still remains as well as secondary problems such as renal or kidney stones caused by excess calcium in urine.

In a new study, the Human Research Program at NASA's Johnson Space Center, along with the Japanese Space Agency have worked together to see if the medicine's ability to block the breakdown of bone will help astronauts to retain bone density while on orbit. Participants ingested one 70 mg alendronate pill per week prior to and during space flight, along with vitamin D supplements and routine workouts. For comparison, the study has also included crew members who used exercise only.

The knowledge from this study could aid those suffering bone loss from disuse, such as spinal cord injury patients. This is important, since astronauts may regain bone mass with exercise upon return to Earth, but the elderly are less likely to have the stamina to use workouts to recover what they have lost.

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Game Changing Opportunities

NASA is seeking proposals for small technology payloads that could fly on future NASA-sponsored suborbital flights. These future flights will travel to the edge of space and back, testing the innovative new technologies before they are sent to work in the harsh environment of space.

"This call for proposals is a great opportunity to develop innovative technology development payloads for flight on commercial suborbital, reusable vehicles which have novel ideas and approaches have the potential to revolutionize future space missions," said Stephen Gaddis, Game Changing Development program manager at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.

For more information on the Game Changing Development activities and information on this solicitation for payloads, visit:

For more information about NASA's Flight Opportunities Program, visit:


This month's news from Astronomers Without Borders included the introduction to CosmoQuest. The same teams of people who have brought us Astronomy Cast, 365 Days of Astronomy and Universe Today, are now developing the CosmoQuest Community.

This new project aims at providing an online community for those who are interested in both learning and doing astronomy. Within this new website, community members, amateur astronomers and citizen scientists, can attend lectures, participate in NASA mission science projects, enjoy star parties, and engage in question and answer sessions with professional scientists.

To learn more, please visit:

What If Prize Educators Competition

The Educators Competition entries have been received and at present are being reviewed by the judges.  To see the details of the 2011 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:

"Things never stay the same so if they are going your way enjoy it, if they are going the wrong way don't worry, it will change."