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Be The Change Herald


Volume 76 –March 2015


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XPRIZE's New Prizes

If you or anyone you know are between 8 and 17 years old, then this newest challenge is for you. Disney's Create Tomorrowland - XPRIZE Challenge invites contestants to take a journey into the future and tell them about one new and amazing invention or innovation they encounter by submitting a story, image, or video that explains what it is, how it works, and the impact it has on the world.The challenge opens April 22, 2015 and all submissions are due on May 17, 2015. To learn more, please visit: http://xprizechallenge.org/

To name a few other challenges, first is the Global Learning Challenge to develop new learning solutions to empower children and communities around the world. Another one,HeroX , inspired by the XPRIZE model, but operating at a more personalized scale, is a joint venture created to transform philanthropy, social innovation and technology through prizes up to $1,000,000. It is a platform where you can support a cause you believe in, help fund a prize, or post challenges to inspire others. Powered by XPRIZE, City Light Capital, and the tech startup world, HeroX offers the tools to help spark brilliant new solutions and spread the word to people passionate about change. To learn more, please visit: https://herox.com/

To see more past, and present challenges and learn more, please visit: http://www.xprize.org/

Asteroids & Mars

This month, NASA announced more details in its plan for its Asteroid Redirect mission (ARM), which in the mid 2020s will test a number of new capabilities needed for future human expeditions to deep space, including to Mars. NASA also announced it has increased the detection of near-Earth asteroids by 65 percent since launching its asteroid initiative three years ago.

For ARM, a robotic spacecraft will capture a boulder from the surface of a near-Earth asteroid and move it into a stable orbit around the moon for exploration by astronauts, all in support of advancing the nation's journey to Mars as well as strengthening Earth's protection against asteroid impact by changing the course of a near-Earth object.

To learn more and read the article in its entirety, please visit: http://www.nasa.gov/press/2015/march/nasa-announces-next-steps-on-journey-to-mars-progress-on-asteroid-initiative/

Another exciting news on asteroids announced this month is the release of data from NASA Asteroid Hunter Spacecraft to the public.. Millions of images of celestial objects, including asteroids, observed by NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft now are available online to the public..

"one of the most satisfying things about releasing these cutting-edge astronomical data to the public is seeing what other exciting and creative projects the scientific community does with them," said Amy Mainzer, principal investigator for NEOWISE at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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Working on other aspects of future Mars travel, NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project is set to fly a rocket-powered, saucer-shaped test vehicle into near-space from the Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii, in June. To find out how and when to tune in to a live, interactive demonstration of the preparation of this vehicle in JPL, please visit: http://www.nasa.gov/jpl/ldsd/take-a-spin-with-nasa-cutting-edge-mars-landing-technology/index.html#.VRcjE_x4pLo

To see more and read the latest on LDSD, please visit: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/tdm/ldsd/#.VRq-SPx4pLp


On March 20, 2015 at 3:45 pm, Earth entered a new season, and in Iran and many other countries especially in but not limited to Central Asia, people celebrated Norooz (the new day) , the spring festival. There are as many different spelling for the word Norooz, as there are different cultures and ethnic groups celebrating the day or the weeks following Norooz.

Below is a Twitter message from MDRS (Mars Desert Research Station) for the occasion. May there be peace, health and harmony in this new season of rebirth for all on Earth!

Hello @AnoushehAnsari! HAPPY NOROOZ from CREW 151 in simulation at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah.

To see the Twitter message, please visit:

To learn more about Norooz, 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.

To obtain a copy please visit:



Anousheh's Favorite Quote:


"Some of the most creative and inspiring people are those who have seen no barriers to what could be."
-Peter Knapp





Upcoming Appearances


April 10-11, 2015: 8th International Meeting of Astronomy and Astronautics, Campos dos Goytacazes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

May 3, 2015: Iranian American Women's Leadership Conference, SF Airport Marriott Waterfront hotel, CA

May 22-23, 2015: 34th Annual International Space Development Conference and 2015 Pioneer Award, Toronto, Canada