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Be The Change Herald


Volume 68 – May 30, 2014


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SpaceX in the News

For the past few years, SpaceX has been in the news, breaking new barriers in private space endeavours. To follow up and update on previous issues of "Be the Change Herald", here are a few more news and advances in SpaceX Technology:
  • SpaceX Dragon returns critical NASA Science from Space Station: Dragon is the only space station resupply spacecraft capable of returning large amounts of cargo to Earth. Investigations Included in this latest cargo returning to Earth could aid in better understanding the decreased effectiveness of antibiotics during spaceflight while also improving antibiotic development on Earth. Others could lead to the development of plants better suited for space and improvements in sustainable agriculture. To learn about all the science investigations and samples, please visit: http://www.nasa.gov/spacex.
  • SpaceX working its way toward colonizing Mars: As stated on their website, "SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars." Earlier this year, SpaceX co-founder and VP of propulsion development Tom Mueller has revealed the company is deep into the development of the first "full flow methane-liquid oxygen" rocket engine. Known as the Raptor, nine of these immensely powerful engines will be utilized to send SpaceX's Super Heavy Lift Launch Vehicle (SHLV) uphill on missions to Mars. To read more about the Raptor, please visit:http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2014/03/spacex-advances-drive-mars-rocket-raptor-power/

The Moon as Art

To celebrate its 5th anniversary, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission presents Moon As Art! The images in the collection were created using data gathered by LRO over the first 4.5 years of operations. These top 5 images are presented to you, the public, to decide which will be the cover of the Moon As Art collection. Voting is open from May 23 to June 6. The winner will be announced with the release of the full collection on June 18, 2014, the 5th anniversary of LRO launch.

You can help choose the winner, or just take a minute to look at the beautiful images.

More Collaboration!

In recent years, NASA has been more and more partnering with the private section to advance its scientific and technological projects. Here are two more such cases which aim to help protect Earth and bring Universe to everyone among other goals.

  • As part of the agency's Asteroid Grand Challenge, NASA is partnering with private internet technology company Slooh to engage citizen scientists in the effort to track and characterize near-Earth asteroids (NEOs) that are potentially hazardous to human populations. Slooh's global network of web-connected telescopes will be available for use by amateur astronomers for monitoring and characterizing NEOs. Citizen scientists without access to professional equipment will have the opportunity to be a part of the global challenge to find hazardous NEOs.

    NASA is also partnering with Slooh on live astronomy events to increase the number of people who can watch and actively participate in science as it happens. If you would like to join the effort or to learn more,please visit: https://www.slooh.com/
  • NASA has given a green light to a group of citizen scientists attempting to breathe new scientific life into a more than 35-year old agency spacecraft. The agency has signed an agreement with Skycorp, Inc, in Los Gatos, California, allowing the company to attempt to contact, and possibly command and control, NASA's International Sun-Earth Explorer-3 (ISEE-3) as part of the company's Reboot Project. To learn more, please visit:http://spacecollege.org/isee3, and http://skycorpinc.com/Skycorp/Home.html

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 Poem:


(Anousheh wishes the last line were gender neutral, though!)


If you can keep your head when all about you
  Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
 But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
 Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
 And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream-and not make dreams your master;
 If you can think-and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
 And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
 Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
 And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
 And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
 And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
 To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
 Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
 OR walk with Kings-nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
 If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
 With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
 And-which is more-you'll be a Man, my son!""

Rudyard Kipling