Volume 54 – March 27, 2013
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Age of Universe
The Planck space mission has released the most accurate and detailed map ever made of the oldest light in the universe, revealing new information about its age, contents and origins. The map results suggest the universe is expanding more slowly than scientists thought, and is 100 million years older than previous estimates; making it 13.8 billion years old.
The map, based on the mission's first 15.5 months of all-sky observations, reveals tiny temperature fluctuations in the cosmic microwave background, ancient light that has traveled for billions of years from the very early universe to reach us. The patterns of light represent the seeds of galaxies and clusters of galaxies we see around us today.
Planck is a European Space Agency mission. NASA contributed mission-enabling technology for both of Planck's science instruments, and U.S., European and Canadian scientists work together to analyze the Planck data.
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NASA and Ahoura What If?
As was announced last month, NASA and Ahoora Foundation have united to ignite students' passion for science, space, and technology. Here are a few updates from the management team::
- The deadline to submit the entries March 31, 2013 is fast approaching!
- Watch live a Google+ Hangout with Anousheh Ansari, Ron Garan and Dr. Firouz Naderi on Thursday March 28, 2013, 5-6 pm US Central Time. Please check our Facebook page at 5pm, for the link to the hangout.
- Watch a short video of Dallas International School students introducing the What If Live Competition: jsiojoj http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fc00rk471W8&feature=youtu.be
Story of Our Universe
Following the Plank' mission's news and age of the universe, you might find this article in Discovery interesting. It will take you from the Big Bang to today in 10 easy steps:
Higgs, It is!
“The preliminary results with the full 2012 data set are magnificent and to me it is clear that we are dealing with a Higgs boson though we still have a long way to go to know what kind of Higgs boson it is,” says CMS spokesperson Joe Incandela.
Earlier this month, the ATLAS and CMS collaborations at the LHC presented preliminary new results that further elucidate the particle discovered last year. Having analyzed two and a half times more data than was available for the discovery announcement in July, they find that the new particle is looking more and more like a Higgs boson, the particle linked to the mechanism that gives mass to elementary particles.
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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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