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Be The Change Herald


Volume 55 – April 29, 2013


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Antares Launch

On Sunday April 21st,  NASA commercial space partner Orbital Sciences Corporation launched its Antares rocket,  from the new Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad-0A at the agency's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

The test flight was the first launch from the pad at Wallops and was the first flight of Antares, which delivered the equivalent mass of a spacecraft, a so-called mass simulated payload, into Earth's orbit. The completed flight paves the way for a demonstration mission by Orbital to resupply the space station later this year. Antares will launch experiments and supplies to the orbiting laboratory carried aboard the company's new Cygnus cargo spacecraft.

"Today's successful test marks another significant milestone in NASA's plan to rely on American companies to launch supplies and astronauts to the International Space Station, bringing this important work back to the United States where it belongs," said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden.

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NASA and Ahoura What If?

We are almost there! It has been a great few months since the registration opened in January.

We now have 7 finalists from US and Japan. Our judges are reviewing the finalists' entries and the winners will be announced on May 15.


Big Bang!

Some of us may have never given any thoughts to the actual sound of the Big Bang while others might have wondered if there really was a sound as one would expect! There is at least one person who was curious enough to try to find the answer; John Cramer, a physicist at the University of Washington.

After the big bang, "as the early universe expanded, sound waves propagated through the dense medium that closed back on itself, so that the hypersphere of the universe rang like a bell," Cramer explained.

Cramer has succeeded in finding evidence of the sound of Big Bang, as well as recreating this low, deep noise.

To learn more and hear the "Big Bang", please visit:

Step Power

You know that walking, jogging and running could improve your well-being but did you know that it could also  improve the environment and help with preserving energy resources?

Laurence Kembell-Cook, director of Pavegen Systems, is the man behind the technology that harvests the kinetic energy of pedestrian footsteps and converts it into electricity. The design includes 100% recycled rubber and stainless steel tiles with a life span of 5 years or 20 million steps.

In the past two years, the technology has been installed at sporting events such as Paris Marathon, as well as high-pedestrian traffic areas such as 2012 Olympics stadium crossing and West Ham station. You can find permanent tiles placed in the following locations: Dyke House Technology College, Rednock School, Simon Langton School, Uniqlo Heattech London & Paris,.

To read a brief article, please visit:

To learn more about Pavegen Systems, 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:

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."

-Winston Churchill