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Be The Change Herald


Volume 49 – October 31, 2012


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SpaceX Success

The SpaceX Dragon cargo craft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on Sunday, marking a successful conclusion to the first  SpaceX resupply mission to the International Space Station.  Among the Dragon's cargo is a GLACIER freezer packed with research samples collected in the orbiting laboratory's unique microgravity environment. These samples will help advance multiple scientific disciplines on Earth and provide critical data on the effects of long-duration spaceflight on the human body.

This mission was the first of at least 12 cargo resupply missions to the space station planned by SpaceX through 2016 under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services Contract. NASA has also contracted a second U.S. firm, Orbital Sciences Corp., for resupplying the ISS. Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Antares rockets and Sygnus cargo capsules will start their missions early next year.

To see amazing pictures of Dragon's berthing at ISS, please visit:
To learn more about Dragon's trip, please visit: 

Popular Apps, LHC, and Education

Earlier this month, at the Frankfurt Book Fair, CERN announced a collaboration with games developer Robio to develop new educational resources for children linked to their award-winning Angry Birds game.

This educational collaboration intends to engage a younger audience in science.  In the Playground version, children will search for the stolen eggs while solving puzzles, some of which will relate to CERN's particle physics reserach.

To further interest and involve people in their research, CERN also showcased its science at the book fair with a new interactive LHC time tunnel display.  Built especially for the book fair, the tunnel takes visitors into the world of sub-atomic particles by using motion sensors and projectors to visualize the effect of the Higgs field. Inside the tunnel, people can visualize protons moving inside the LHC and can kick virtual particles as hard as they can to see how they collide.

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Alien Planets for Halloween

Do you think planets that ooze, ones that are pitch black, or others that are more of a ghost or a zombie can be only found in sci-fi movies and books? As a matter of fact you can find examples of these and other abnormalities in real life and real space.

Ian O'Neill of Discovery has gathered an interesting collection of photos with brief description of such planets at the following link:


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:

"The 3 C's in life: Choice, Chance, Change. You must make the Choice, to take the Chance, if you want anything in life to Change."

-Will Smith J