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Another Successful Space Delivery
As featured in Volume 55 of Be The Change Herald, on April 21st, Orbital Sciences Corporation had successfully launched its Antares rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at the agency's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. This test flight was to pave the way for Antares to launch experiments and supplies to the orbiting laboratory carried aboard the company's new Cygnus cargo spacecraft.
The day arrived on September 18th when Orbital's Cygnus was launched on Antares in its first flight to the space station. On September 29th, after a series of tests designed to demonstrate Cygnus' ability to navigate, maneuver, lock on and abort, NASA cleared the spacecraft to approach the station. At this point, astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) used a robotic arm to capture and attach the Cygnus with its cargo. The cargo includes student experiments, food and clothing, which will be unloaded by the station crew on September 30th.
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NASA 's Open Competition
NASA has released its announcement of an open competition for the planetary community to submit proposals for the science and exploration technology instruments that would be carried aboard the agency's next Mars rover, scheduled for launch in July/August of 2020.
Officially called the Mars 2020 Mission Investigations Announcement of Opportunity (AO), this competition solicits flight investigations for which each principal investigator or scientist is responsible for a complete space flight investigation, including instrument hardware, mission operations and data analysis.
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At times, we have featured inventions inspired by Sci-Fi movies especially Star Trek. This time the inspiration has come from The Terminator movies. A team of Spanish scientists report to have successfully created a self-healing polymer. The researchers state in the Materials Horizons journal of Britain's Royal Society of Chemistry, the plastic nicknamed "Terminator", "could be used to bolster the integrity and lifetime of plastic parts in common products like electrical components, cars and houses."
In one instant, after cutting a sample of the polymer in half, the parts were pressed together and left by itself. After two hours, it was observed that the polymer was 97 percent healed and was unbreakable when manually stretched.
The material being very soft at present, the next phase of the research is to develop a harder version of the plastic.
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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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