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Humanity Will Continue to Live an Inferior Life Than What is Possible Until the Two Halves: All Individuals in Them: That Make It are Absolutely Fundamentally and Jubilantly Equal at Liberty
 

 

Year Gamma: London: Friday: February 02: 2018
First Published: September 24: 2015

Change: Either Happens or Is Made: When It is Not Made It Happens Regardless in Which We Become Mere Logs and Get Washed Away in and by Utterly Mechanical Forces of Dehumanisation: When Made Change is Created by Our Conscious Choices, Efforts, Initiatives and Works: In the Former We Let Go Off Our Humanity So That Dehumanisation Determines and Dictates the Existence of Our Sheer Physiologies: But in the Later We Claim, Mark and Create Our Humanity as to the Change We Choose to Make and Create It Onto Reality: To Nurture, Foster, Support, Sustain, Maintain, Enhance, Expand, Empower and Enrich the Very Humanity That We Are:  As Individuals, As Families, As Communities and As Societies All of Which Now Exist in the Fabrics of Time-Space of What is Called Civic Society: One That Exists by Natural Justice and Functions by the Rule of Law: Ensuring Liberty and Equality, Along with Purpose and Meaning of Existence, Exist in Each and Every Soul Equally at All Times: The Humanion

 

 

 

 

 

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Rhiannon Salisbury Artist and Her Art

The Candle Won't Blow Out Celebration of William Shakespeare 2016

Macbeth

To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time.
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more; it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

Measure for Measure

Could great men thunder
As Jove himself does? Jove would never be quiet,
For every pelting petty officer
Would use his heaven for thunder
Nothing but thunder. Merciful Heaven,
Thou rather, with thy sharp and sulphurous bolt,
Splits the unwedgeable and gnarled oak
Than the soft myrtle. But man, proud men,
Dress'd in little brief authority,
Most ignorant of what he's most assur'd
His glassy essence. like an angry ape,
Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven
As makes the angels weep; who, with our spleens,
Would all themselves laugh mortal.

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Lit and Light As Butterflies Do
 


As you like it but how yet much do you not make ado nor
Much do you speak for silence is emerald green as measure
Is for measure yet treasure do you not that what's only fools'
Gold as Othello speaks out Desdemona as Hamlet questions
 


Why seek not Richard the Third nor Lady Macbeth for Love's
Labours are never lost if you loved true if love splits your soul
As a lightning does the dark heavens in a stormy night and if
Ophelia-wonder you seek never keep a ledger but be love’s slate
 

Use not old coins or words but make your own to say or do
Walk not the travelled paths nor climb easy mountains-tops
What’s worth of twelfth night's dreams unless you’ve dreamt
 

What would Juliet say what would Romeo do for the lamp is lit
Of their soul that simply won't blow in the market you won't find
Love to buy but live it in your soul as butterflies do lit and light

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Commander Eileen M Collins, NASA's First Female Shuttle Commander, Approaches The International Space Station

Discovery was about 600 feet from the International Space Station when Station Commander Sergei Krikalev and Station NASA Science Officer and Flight Enginner John Phillips took photos for about a minute and a half as Discovery Commander Eileen Collins guided the spacecraft through the flip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Humanion Given the opportunity this is what the young people are capable of doing. The Windsor Festival Youth Creative Schools Competition 2015 has proved this. In Art: painting, drawing, textiles, photography, sculpture, in Creative Writing: poetry and prose, in music: instrumental and vocal young people have taken part and shown what creative young minds can create. This page celebrates the best of their efforts. The Humanion congratulates the young people who have won and who have taken part and, thanks the Windsor Festival for organising such a grand competition. Readmore

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The Profile: Astronaut Scott Kelly to Retire in April

Scott Kelly just returned to Earth from ISS: Image: NASA

March 11, 2016: Astronaut Scott Kelly to Retire from NASA in April this year.

NASA astronaut and one-year crew member Scott Kelly will retire from the agency, effective April 1. Kelly joined the astronaut corps in 1996 and currently holds the American record for most time spent in space.

After retiring, Kelly will continue to participate in the ongoing research related to his one-year mission. He will provide periodic medical samples and support other testing in much the same way that his twin brother, former astronaut Mark Kelly, made himself available for NASA’s Twins Study during his brother’s mission.

“This year-in-space mission was a profound challenge for all involved, and it gave me a unique perspective and a lot of time to reflect on what my next step should be on our continued journey to help further our capabilities in space and on Earth,” Kelly said.

“My career with the Navy and NASA gave me an incredible chance to showcase public service to which I am dedicated, and what we can accomplish on the big challenges of our day. I am humbled and excited by new opportunities for me to support and share the amazing work NASA is doing to help us travel farther into the solar system and work with the next generation of science and technology leaders.”

Kelly flew in space four times, beginning with space shuttle Discovery’s trip to NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope on the STS-103 servicing mission in 1999. On his second mission, STS-118, he crossed the threshold of the International Space Station for the first time as commander of space shuttle Endeavour. He returned to the station for a six-month stay in 2010, commanding Expedition 26.

A veteran of spaceflight, Kelly accepted the opportunity to participate in NASA’s unprecedented yearlong space station mission, which aimed to expand the boundaries of space exploration beyond low-Earth orbit through the collection of critical data on how the human body responds to extended space missions. On this mission, Kelly eclipsed two American space records.

“Records are meant to be broken,” Kelly said. “I am looking forward to when these records in space are surpassed.”

Kelly broke the American record for most cumulative time in space during his one-year mission, accruing 520 days.

“Scott’s contributions to NASA are too many to name,” said Brian Kelly, director of Flight Operations at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

“In his year aboard the space station, he took part in experiments that will have far-reaching effects, helping us pave the way to putting humans on Mars and benefiting life on Earth.

His passion for this work has helped give hundreds of thousands of people a better understanding of what NASA does, thanks in part to the numerous photos and updates he shared from space.

We appreciate his years of service and anticipate many benefits to come from them, thanks to the research he’s supporting.”

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Tabatha Thompson: Headquarters, Washington
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Brandi Dean: Johnson Space Center, Houston: 281-483-5111
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'The First Lady'  of The White House for Today IS: 106-year-old Virginia McLaurin! Dance, Mr President and First Lady!

President Barack Obama watches First Lady Michelle Obama dance with 106-year-old Virginia McLaurin in the Blue Room of the White House prior to a reception celebrating African American History Month, Feb. 18, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

I thought I would never live to get in the White House. And I tell you, I am so happy. A black president! A black wife! And I'm here to celebrate black history. Yeah, that's what I'm here for: Virginia McLaurin

Writes Melanie Garunay, White House

February 22, 2016: Virginia McLaurin, 106 years old and a longtime Washington, D.C. resident, had always dreamed of visiting the White House. Last week, her dream came true in a big way.

Here's how Virginia McLaurin got to the White House:

A friend of Mrs. McLaurin’s reached out to the White House and shared that Mrs. McLaurin has been doing stellar work as a volunteer throughout the D.C. area for decades and would like to visit the White House.

So the White House made sure that she not only got to visit -- but also had the chance, before the Black History Month reception, to meet privately with the President and First Lady backstage. It was her dream to meet President Obama, given his passion for investing in early childhood education and his significance as the first African American President.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet 106-year-old Virginia McLaurin during a photo line in the Blue Room of the White House prior to a reception celebrating African American History Month, Feb. 18, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

Virginia McLaurin is a Senior Corps volunteer at Roots Public Charter School as part of the United Planning Organization’s Foster Grandparent Program, serving as a foster grandparent and mentor to special-needs students. As a mentor, she helps children with their reading and social skills.

Virginia has volunteered at C. Melvin Sharpe Health School for over 20 years, serving 40 hours a week. She was introduced to the program by a friend from her church who knew Virginia was interested in finding ways to make life better for those in her community.

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Mars Landing Pioneer Adam Steltzner Elected to National Academy of Engineering

Jane Platt

Adam Steltzner, a JPL engineer: NASA Image

Adam Steltzner, a JPL engineer who helped pioneer the breakthrough technique for landing a one-ton rover on Mars, is being honored with admission into the National Academy of Engineering.

Steltzner is recognized for development of the Mars Curiosity rover's entry, descent and landing system and for contributions to control of parachute dynamics.

Election to the academy is among the highest professional distinctions for an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to "engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature" and to "the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education."

The academy's president, C.D. (Dan) Mote Jr., announced the election of Steltzner and 79 other new members and 22 foreign members. This brings the total U.S. membership to 2,275 and the number of foreign members to 232.

Steltzner has worked on multiple NASA flight projects, including Galileo, Cassini, Mars Pathfinder, and the Mars Exploration Rovers (Spirit and Opportunity). The earlier rovers – Pathfinder's Sojourner, as well as Spirit and Opportunity -- landed on Mars with the help of specially designed airbags. When it was time to devise a way for the Mars Science Laboratory mission to land a much larger, more complex rover, Curiosity, on the Red Planet, Steltzner was selected as lead engineer of the mission's entry, descent and landing system. He helped design, build and test the daring, innovative sky crane landing system that successfully deposited Curiosity on Mars in August 2012.

The technology will also be used to land the Mars 2020 rover. Steltzner is currently serving as chief engineer for the Mars 2020 Project, and is also manager of the Planetary Entry, Descent and Landing and Small Body Access Office.

Also elected into the National Academy of Engineering is Paul Dimotakis, who served as JPL's chief technologist from 2006-2011. He is being recognized for his contributions to the fluid mechanics of jet propulsion and other processes involving turbulence, mixing and transport.

The newly elected class will be formally inducted during a ceremony at the academy's annual meeting in Washington on October 9.

More information about Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity

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Mars 2020

Jane Platt


818-354-0880: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. jane.platt@jpl.nasa.gov
 

(Editor: Tony Greicius: NASA)

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The Profile Eileen M Collins

Eileen M Collins: NASA Image

Eileen M Collins -- NASA's First Female Shuttle Commander to Lead Next Shuttle Mission

Feb. 3, 1995, Astronaut Eileen Collins at the Pilot's Station on Shuttle Discovery

Commander Eileen M Collins: NASA Image


In this Feb. 3, 1995, image taken onboard space shuttle Discovery on flight day one of the STS-63 mission, astronaut Eileen M. Collins -- the first woman to pilot the shuttle -- is at the pilot's station during a "hotfiring" procedure prior to rendezvous with the Russian Mir Space Station.

The successful rendezvous without docking brought Discovery to within 37 feet of the Mir; these flights through the Shuttle-Mir Program prepared the way for the International Space Station. Others onboard Discovery were astronauts James D. Wetherbee, mission commander; Bernard A. Harris, Jr., payload commander; mission specialists C. Michael Foale and Janice E. Voss, and cosmonaut Vladimir G. Titov.

"As we are bringing our spaceships closer together, we are bringing our nations closer together," Wetherbee said after Discovery was at point of closest approach. "The next time we approach, we will shake your hand and together we will lead our world into the next millennium."

"We are one. We are human," Mir Commander Alexander Viktorenko responded.

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On her last mission, Eileen Collins became the first (and currently only) female Shuttle commander. On her next, she will command the historic STS-114 "Return to Flight" mission, the first after the Columbia tragedy.

On becoming an astronaut

"When I was very young and first started reading about astronauts, there were no women astronauts." However, she was inspired while she was a child by the Mercury astronauts, and by the time she was in high school and college, new opportunities were opening up for women in aviation. "My timing was really great," she said. Collins joined the Air Force, and during her first month of training, her base was visited by the newest astronaut class--the first to include women--and her path was set. "I wanted to be part of our nation's space program. It's the greatest adventure on this planet--or off the planet, for that matter. I wanted to fly the Space Shuttle."

On being the first and only female Shuttle commander

"Hopefully not for long!" While the distinction of being the first is an honor, Collins said she's looking forward to losing the part about being the "only" female commander. She said she hopes current astronaut Pam Melroy will soon join her, and that more will follow. "I'm really pulling for her." Collins said that she encourages young women to become test pilots so that they can someday become Shuttle commanders as well. "The young people are going to be the ones to take us on to more exciting adventures."

On her advice for future astronauts

"My advice to young people is, go into the field you are most interested in. If you love your job, you'll do well in your job." While coming from a mathematics, science, or technology background is a must, there's a lot of variety in what exactly you can pursue. In fact, Collins discourages people from looking at what other astronauts are in and choosing that. The exact opposite worked for her--when she joined the corps, there were no astronauts in her field, operations research. "I said I think I can fill a void, and I think they bought it." It's paid off, too, she said, since much of her background ties in directly to the operation of the Shuttle.

On the most exciting thing about spaceflight

"If you had asked me this question after my first mission, I would have said the launch. Now, I would say seeing the successful completion of the mission." As an example, she cited the first mission she commanded, STS-93, on which the Chandra X-Ray Observatory was deployed. There were so many people involved in the Chandra project and the launch, she said, and it's been really rewarding seeing the amazing pictures that Chandra has taken. "Everybody came together and made it happen."

On her upcoming first visit to the International Space Station (ISS)

"It's hard to wait. I'm so excited." In fact, she said, the opportunity to visit the ISS is why she decided to keep flying at a point in her career when many astronauts retire from spaceflight. "I had never gone to the Station, and I really wanted to go to there. I really wanted to be part of the Station mission."

On the future of spaceflight

"I would like to see more people traveling to space someday. I would like to see space tourism blossom. It's such an incredible experience." Collins said that during her spaceflights, there is so much she has to do that there is little time to just enjoy being in space. "Someday I would like to go into space as a tourist, and have the time to have fun." She's very interested in developments in the field of civilian spaceflight, such as the X Prize competition. "I just think that's really exciting. That's an experience that more people ought to have. I think we'd have a better community on Earth if more people traveled in space."

On her upcoming "Return to Flight" mission

"We're very excited. We're very confident." While they're waiting for their next flight, Collins said, her crew has been involved in research on making the Space Shuttle more safe, and has been visiting the factories involved in the Space Shuttle program and meeting the workers. "When the Shuttle's ready to fly, we'll be ready to fly."

Biographical Data

Hometown: Elmira, New York

Born: November 19, 1956

Education: Associate's degree in mathematics/science from Corning Community College; bachelor's degree in mathematics and economics from Syracuse University; master's degree in operations research from Stanford University; master's degree in space systems management from Webster University.

Spaceflight Experience

Pilot, Discovery STS-63--Collins became the first female Shuttle pilot during this 1995 mission, which included a rendezvous with the Russian Space Station Mir.

Pilot, Atlantis STS-84--This 1997 mission transferred supplies to the Mir Space Station.

Commander, Columbia STS-93--Collins became the first female Shuttle commander on this 1999 mission, which included the deployment of the Chandra X-Ray Observatory.

Courtesy: NASAexplores

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The Crew of the Challenger Shuttle Mission in 1986

NASA Eulogy for The Crew of the Challenger Shuttle Mission in 1986 Who Gave Their Lives in the Name of Science, in the Name of Human Ingenuity and Spirit of Wonder, in Search of Knowledge of the Heavens. With NASA and the World The Humanion Remembers them.

Francis Scobee

Michael Smith

Judith Resnik

Ronald McNair

Ellison Onizuka

Gregory Jarvis

Sharon McAuliffe

It is so fitting that today ESA has released this image of the Martian Noctis Labyrinthus where soon the humans to set foot. The Humanion imagines this Noctis Labyrinthus be their final resting place on Mars. May all your souls rest in Peace on Mars where soon you shall hear human voices again.


The NASA family lost seven of its own on the morning of Jan. 28, 1986, when a booster engine failed, causing the Shuttle Challenger to break apart just 73 seconds after launch. In this photo from Jan. 9, 1986, the Challenger crew takes a break during countdown training at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Left to right are Teacher-in-Space payload specialist Sharon Christa McAuliffe; payload specialist Gregory Jarvis; and astronauts Judith A. Resnik, mission specialist; Francis R. (Dick) Scobee, mission commander; Ronald E. McNair, mission specialist; Mike J. Smith, pilot; and Ellison S. Onizuka, mission specialist. Image Credit: NASA

Martian Noctis Labyrinthus The Labyrinth of the Night

Copyright ESA/DLR/FU Berlin, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO


The Challenger shuttle crew, of seven astronauts--including the specialties of pilot, aerospace engineers, and scientists-- died tragically in the explosion of their spacecraft during the launch of STS-51-L from the Kennedy Space Center about 11:40 a.m., EST, on January 28, 1986. The explosion occurred 73 seconds into the flight as a result of a leak in one of two Solid Rocket Boosters that ignited the main liquid fuel tank. The crewmembers of the Challenger represented a cross-section of the American population in terms of race, gender, geography, background, and religion. The explosion became one of the most significant events of the 1980s, as billions around the world saw the accident on television and empathized with any one of the several crewmembers killed.

The spacecraft commander was Francis R. (Dick) Scobee, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis W. Scobee. He was born on May 19, 1939, in Cle Elum, Washington, and graduated from the public high school in Auburn, Washington, in 1957. He then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, training as a reciprocating engine mechanic but longing to fly. He took night courses and in 1965 completed a B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Arizona. This made it possible for Scobee to receive an officer's commission and enter the Air Force pilot training program. He received his pilot's wings in 1966 and began a series of flying assignments with the Air Force, including a combat tour in Vietnam. Scobee also married June Kent of San Antonio, Texas, and they had two children, Kathie R. and Richard W., in the early 1960s. He attended the USAF Aerospace Research Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, California, in 1972 and thereafter was involved in several test programs. As an Air Force test pilot Scobee flew more than 45 types of aircraft, logging more than 6,500 hours of flight time.

In 1978 Scobee entered NASA's astronaut corps and was the pilot of STS-41-C, the fifth orbital flight of the Challenger spacecraft, launching from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on April 6, 1984. During this seven-day mission the crew successfully retrieved and repaired the ailing Solar Maximum Satellite and returned it to orbit. This was an enormously important mission, because it demonstrated the capability that NASA had long said existed with the Space Shuttle to repair satellites in orbit.

The pilot for the fatal 1986 Challenger mission was Michael J. Smith, born on April 30, 1945 in Beaufort, North Carolina. At the time of the Challenger accident a commander in the U.S. Navy, Smith had been educated at the U.S. Naval Academy, class of 1967, and received an M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1968. From there he underwent aviator training at Kingsville, Texas, and received his wings in May 1969. After a tour as an instructor at the Navy's Advanced Jet Training Command between 1969 and 1971, Smith flew A- 6 "Intruders" from the USS Kitty Hawk in Southeast Asia. Later he worked as a test pilot for the Navy, flying 28 different types of aircraft and logging more than 4,300 hours of flying time. Smith was selected as a NASA astronaut in May 1980, and a year later, after completing further training, he received an assignment as a Space Shuttle pilot, the position he occupied aboard Challenger. This mission was his first space flight.

Judith A. Resnik was one of three mission specialists on Challenger. Born on April 5, 1949 at Akron, Ohio, the daughter of Dr. Marvin Resnik, a respected Akron optometrist, and Sarah Resnik. Brought up in the Jewish religion, Resnik was educated in public schools before attending Carnegie-Mellon University, where she received a B.S. in electrical engineering in 1970, and the University of Maryland, where she took at Ph.D. in the same field in 1977. Resnik worked in a variety of professional positions with the RCA corporation in the early 1970s and as a staff fellow with the Laboratory of Neurophysiology at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, between 1974 and 1977.

Selected as a NASA astronaut in January 1978, the first cadre containing women, Resnik underwent the training program for Shuttle mission specialists during the next year. Thereafter, she filled a number of positions within NASA at the Johnson Space Center, working on aspects of the Shuttle program. Resnik became the second American woman in orbit during the maiden flight of Discovery, STS-41-D, between August 30 and September 5, 1984. During this mission she helped to deploy three satellites into orbit; she was also involved in biomedical research during the mission. Afterward, she began intensive training for the STS-51- L mission on which she was killed. Ronald E. McNair was the second of three mission specialists aboard Challenger. Born on October 21, 1950 in Lake City, South Carolina, McNair was the son of Carl C. McNair, Sr., and Pearl M. McNair. He achieved early success in the segregated public schools he attended as both a student and an athlete. Valedictorian of his high school class, he attended North Carolina A&T State University where in 1971 he received a B.S. degree in physics. He went on to study physics at MIT, where he specialized in quantum electronics and laser technology, completing his Ph.D. in 1977. As a student he performed some of the earliest work on chemical HF/DF and high pressure CO lasers, publishing pathbreaking scientific papers on the subject.

McNair was also a physical fitness advocate and pursued athletic training from an early age. He was a leader in track and football at his high school. He also became a black belt in Karate, and while in graduate school began offering classes at St. Paul's AME Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He also participated in several Karate tournaments, taking more than 30 trophies in these competitions. While involved in these activities McNair met and married Cheryl B. Moore of Brooklyn, New York, and they later had two children. After completing his Ph.D. he began working as a physicist at the Optical Physics Department of Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California, and conducted research on electro-optic laser modulation for satellite-to-satellite space communications.

This research led McNair into close contact with the space program for the first time, and when the opportunity presented itself he applied for astronaut training. In January 1978 NASA selected him to enter the astronaut cadre, one of the first three Black Americans selected. McNair became the second Black American in space between Febrary 3 and 11, 1984, by flying on the Challenger Shuttle mission STS-41-B. During this mission McNair operated the maneuverable arm built by Canada used to move payloads in space. The 1986 mission on which he was killed was his second Shuttle flight.

Ellison S. Onizuka, was the last of the three mission specialists. He had been born in Kealakekua, Kona, Hawaii, on June 24, 1946, of Japanese-American parents. He attended the University of Colorado, receiving B.S. and M.S. degrees in engineering in June and December 1969, respectively. While at the university he married Lorna Leido Yoshida of Hawaii, and the couple eventually had two children. He also participated in the Air Force R.O.T.C. program, leading to a commission in January 1970. Onizuka served on active duty with the Air Force until January 1978 when he was selected as a NASA astronaut. With the Air Force in the early 1970s he was an aerospace flight test engineer at the Sacramento Air Logistics Center. After July 1975 he was assigned to the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base, California, as squadron flight test officer and later as chief of the engineering support section.

When Onizuka was selected for the astronaut corps he entered into a one year training program and then became eligible for assignment as a mission specialist on future Space Shuttle flights. He worked on orbiter test and checkout teams and launch support crews at the Kennedy Space Center for the first two Shuttle missions. Since he was an Air Force officer on detached duty with NASA, Onizuka was a logical choice to serve on the first dedicated Department of Defense classified mission. He was a mission specialist on STS-51-C, taking place 24-27 Jan. 1985 on the Discovery orbiter. The Challenger flight was his second Shuttle mission.

The last two members of the Challenger crew were not officially Federal government employees. Gregory B. Jarvis, a payload specialist, worked for the Hughes Aircraft Corp.'s Space and Communications Group in Los Angeles, California, and had been made available for the Challenger flight by his company. Jarvis had been born on August 24, 1944, in Detroit, Michigan. He had been educated at the State University of New York at Buffalo, receiving a B.S. in electrical engineering (1967); at Northeastern University, Boston, where he received an M.S. degree in the same field (1969); and at West Coast University, Los Angeles, where he completed coursework for an M.S. in management science (1973). Jarvis began work at Hughes in 1973 and served in a variety of technical positions until 1984 when he was accepted into the astronaut program under Hughes' sponsorship after competing against 600 other Hughes employees for the opportunity. Jarvis' duties on the Challenger flight had revolved around gathering new information on the design of liquid-fueled rockets.

The last member of the crew was Sharon Christa McAuliffe, the first teacher to fly in space. Selected from among more than 11,000 applicants from the education profession for entrance into the astronaut ranks, McAuliffe had been born on September 2, 1948, the oldest child of Edward and Grace Corrigan. Her father was at that time completing his sophomore year at Boston College, but not long thereafter he took a job as an assistant comptroller in a Boston department store and the family moved to the Boston suburb of Framingham. As a youth she registered excitement over the Apollo moon landing program, and wrote years later on her astronaut application form that "I watched the Space Age being born and I would like to participate."

McAuliffe attended Framingham State College in her hometown, graduating in 1970. A few weeks later she married her longstanding boyfriend, Steven McAuliffe, and they moved to the Washington, DC, metropolitan area so Steven could attend Georgetown Law School. She took a job teaching in the secondary schools, specializing in American history and social studies. They stayed in the Washington area for the next eight years, she teaching and completing an M.A. from Bowie State University, in Maryland. They moved to Concord, New Hampshire, in 1978 when Steven accepted a job as an assistant to the state attorney general. Christa took a teaching post at Concord High School in 1982, and in 1984 learned about NASA's efforts to locate an educator to fly on the Shuttle. The intent was to find a gifted teacher who could communicate with students from space.

NASA selected McAuliffe for this position in the summer of 1984 and in the fall she took a year-long leave of absence from teaching, during which time NASA would pay her salary, and trained for an early 1986 Shuttle mission. She had an immediate rapport with the media, and the teacher in space program received tremendous popular attention as a result. It is in part because of the excitement over McAuliffe's presence on the Challenger that the accident had such a significant impact on the nation.

For Further Reading:

Joseph D. Atkinson, Jr., and Jay M. Shafritz, The Real Stuff: A History of the NASA Astronaut Recruitment Program (New York: Praeger 1985).

Daniel and Susan Cohen, Heroes of the Challenger (London: Archway Paperbacks, 1986).

Grace Corrigan, A Journal for Christa: Christa McAuliffe, Teacher in Space (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1993).

Robert E. Hohler, "I Touch the Future . . ." The Story of Christa McAuliffe (New York: Random House, 1986).

William P. Rogers, et al., Report of the Presidential Commission on the Space Shuttle Challenger Accident, five volumes (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1986).

David Shayler, Shuttle Challenger (London: Salamander Books, 1987).

Joseph J. Trento, with reporting by Susan B. Trento, Prescription for Disaster: From the Glory of Apollo to the Betrayal of the Shuttle (New York: Crown Pubs., 1987).

Staff of the Washington Post, Challengers: The Inspiring Life Stories of the Seven Brave Astronauts of Shuttle Mission 51-L (New York: Pocket Books, 1986).

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Windsor Festival Schools’ Programme Announces Winners of 2015 Competition

Painting: 2nd: Composition: with garlic: Albina M, St Georges', Ascot

Further Celebration of Winning Entries on January 19 in the City

The Humanion Profile: Celebration of Windsor Festival Youth Creative Schools Competition 2015
 

There will be an event at the offices of law firm Herbert Smith Freehills in London for the Windsor Festival Schools’ Programme, taking place next week on Tuesday 19th January from 6pm.

It’s a private viewing of the exhibition of 2015 winning work which will be attended by the winners, their parents and teachers, the judges and other interested parties. There will also be a short address from one of the creative writing judges, Dr Alastair Niven, who was a former Man Booker Prize judge.

Young Windsor artists to exhibit their work on the commercial stage in the big city

The winners of the Schools’ Programme, a competition held by Windsor Festival, a registered charity established by Yehudi Menuhin in 1969, have the once in a lifetime opportunity to have their artwork exhibited at the offices of global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills in the City of London.

The Schools’ Programme is an initiative that seeks to foster and encourage emerging artistic talent in the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead. Windsor Festival invited students aged between 14 and 17 years to participate across nine categories including Art (Painting, Drawing, Textiles, Photography and Sculpture), Music Composition (Instrumental and Vocal) and Creative Writing (Poetry and Prose).

The Schools’ Programme was established more than 10 years ago and Title Sponsor ComXo came on board in 2014. The aim of the competition remains the same, encouraging students to engage directly with the arts and explore the value of their own creativity. But with the generosity and support of ComXo the programme has built on its strong foundation and now provides further opportunities for young people to exhibit and share their work.

A panel of prominent judges, including Desmond Shawe-Taylor, Surveyor of The Queen’s Pictures, Julia Eccleshare, Children’s Book Editor for The Guardian, and Richard Pinel, Assistant Director of Music at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, met in September 2015 to choose the winners and commended of each category from over 430 entrants.

Certificates and prize money were presented to the young talent by Admiral Sir James Perowne KBE, Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle, during a prize giving ceremony at the end of last year in Windsor Castle. Following the ceremony the students were treated to a private tour of the Royal Library where they had the opportunity to view some world famous Leonardo Da Vinci and Holbein artwork and speak to some of the curators of the library.

Ian Gatt, Head of Advocacy at Herbert Smith Freehills, oversees art in the firm's London office. In 2013 he initiated a Graduate Art Competition which has now drawn nationwide interest and unearthed wonderful new talent from the country's art schools.

Through his connection with ComXo, who provide telephone answering services to Herbert Smith Freehills, Ian Gatt became involved with the Windsor Festival Schools’ Programme in 2014. Impressed by the extremely high standard of work he invited the winners and commended entrants to exhibit their art on the commercial stage in London, in front of clients and guests visiting the firm’s offices. The artwork is now on display until the end of January.

A reception will be held at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, Exchange Square, Primrose Street, London EC2A 2EG on the evening of 19th January 2016 at 6 pm, and will feature a private view of the prize-winning artworks from the creative competition and an address at 7pm by Dr Alastair Niven, former Man Booker Prize judge. The evening will be attended by the Chairman of Windsor Festival, Admiral Sir James Perowne KBE, as well as the judges, young artists, their parents and teachers.

Helen Lake, Manager of Windsor Festival says ‘We are proud to continue to be able to offer young people opportunities to exhibit and share their work within public and commercial platforms, at the same time looking to provide them with a chance to see where their talents and dedication might take them as they begin to make choices about their education and employment futures. We are especially grateful to both ComXo and Herbert Smith Freehills for enabling the winners to benefit from this additional high profile exhibition.’


The Windsor Festival Schools’ Programme, sponsored by ComXo, has revealed the winners for its 2015 Art, Creative Writing and Music Composition competition. In total over 430 entries were received from talented students at all 19 of the Royal Borough schools during the summer.

The Winners


Art: Painting

1st: Portrait of Father: Georgie Drysdale, Heathfield School
2nd: Composition with Garlic: Albina M, St George’s Ascot
3rd: Ralph Regine Raul, Licensed Victuallers’ School

Art: Drawing

1st: Bliss Megan Jacob, Windsor Girls’ School
2nd: Whole Again Katie Hopkins, Windsor Girls’ School
3rd: Still Life Lily Yang, Heathfield School

Art: Textiles

1st: Societal Boundaries Millie Heighes, Hurst Lodge
2nd: Prohibition Purses Georgie Meehan, Hurst Lodge
3rd: Nigeria: Apart and Together Chi-Chi Nelson-Moore, Heathfield School
 

Art: Photography

1st: Blue Architectural Form Sangita Ganesh, Churchmead School
2nd: Bodyscapes Anna Fenwick, Heathfield School
3rd: Baby Annabel Bella Smith, Hurst Lodge

Art: Sculpture

1st: Texture Vessel Georgina Allen, St George's Ascot
2nd: Melting Hope Laura Marshall, Windsor Girls' School
3rd: X3 Ceramic Disc Sculptures Harriet Pryer, St George’s Ascot

Creative Writing: Poetry

1st: You look best in your funeral dress Hugh Shepherd-Cross, Eton College
2nd: Writ in water Jacob Andreae, Eton College
3rd: Insomnia Aaliya Janjua, East Berkshire College

Creative Writing: Prose

1st: Out of the Woods (Backyard of Eden) Sam Jones, Eton College
2nd:  The Funeral Rohan Gupta, Eton College
3rd: The Liar Ludo Heathcoat Amory, Eton College

Music Composition: Instrumental

1st: Shostakovich Petit Four Trojan Nakade, Eton College
2nd: Narnia Samuel Butler, Windsor Boys’ School
3rd: Victory and Defeat Massimo Bottaro, Windsor Boys’ School

Music Composition: Vocal

1st: Follow Your Heart Jessica Nimmo, Hurst Lodge
2nd: That’s Swing Bethany Yates, Newlands Girls’ School
3rd: Break Free Orlagh Szewczyk, Newlands Girls’ School

To celebrate the winners, there was an open evening to showcase all of the work listed above, as well as all highly commended and commended achievers, at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead on Tuesday 22nd September. T

Schools’ Programme Title Sponsors ComXo and Desmond Shawe-Taylor, Surveyor of The Queen’s Pictures, judge and Festival Trustee were present along with the winners.

Further exhibitions will take place at The Gallery at Ice in Windsor, from Thursday 8th October to Thursday 22nd October, and at London law firm Herbert Smith Freehills, from Saturday 21st November to the end of January 2016.

Helen Lake, Festival Manager “I would like to congratulate all the winners of this year’s Windsor Festival Schools’ Programme and I would also like to say a big thank you to our sponsor, ComXo, as without them, the competition would not be possible. This year we have had a record number of entries from extremely talented individuals which made the judging process very difficult. We look forward to celebrating the achievements of our winners at Norden Farm next week.”

For further Cate Bonthuys Tel: 07746546773 cate@catalystcomms.co.uk
Sue Glanville Tel: 07715817589 sue@catalystcomms.co.uk

About Windsor Festival

A registered charity, Windsor Festival was established by Yehudi Menuhin and The Right Reverend Robin Woods, Dean of Windsor, in 1969. It began life as a week-long series of concerts and music making. The programming has since developed to offer a more widely varied Festival with the events held in September now spanning a fortnight and all promoting high quality performances in music and arts, bringing world class musicians, authors and historians to the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. In addition to the annual autumn series, Windsor Festival alternates each March between an International String Competition and a Spring Festival focused on youth and community.

About the Sponsor ComXo

ComXo is a leading provider of 21st Century Switchboard services to the professional service sector in the City of London. 

Formore or contact: Charlotte Stack, ComXo T: 01753 710 430

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The Profile: Samantha Cristoforetti ESA Astronaut

Title Samantha back on Earth : Released 12/06/2015 9:40 am Copyright ESA–S. Corvaja, 2015: Description: ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, NASA astronaut Terry Virts and Russian commander Anton Shkaplerov landed safely on 11 June 2015 in the Kazakh steppe after a three-hour ride in their Soyuz spacecraft. They left the International Space Station at 10:20 GMT at the end of their six-month stay on the research complex. Terry Virtz, Anton Shkaplerov, and Samantha Cristoforetti are returning after more than six months onboard the International Space Station where they served as members of the Expedition 42 and 43 crews.

Born in Milan, Italy, in April 1977, Samantha Cristoforetti enjoys hiking, scuba diving, yoga, reading and travelling. Other interests include technology, nutrition and the Chinese language.

Education

Samantha completed her secondary education at the Liceo Scientifico in Trento, Italy, in 1996 after having spent a year as an exchange student in the United States.

In 2001, she graduated from the Technische Universität Munich, Germany, with a master’s degree in mechanical engineering with specialisations in aerospace propulsion and lightweight structures. As part of her studies, she spent four months at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace in Toulouse, France, working on an experimental project in aerodynamics. She wrote her master’s thesis in solid rocket propellants during a 10-month research stay at the Mendeleev University of Chemical Technologies in Moscow, Russia.

As part of her training at the Italian Air Force Academy, she also completed a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical sciences at the University of Naples Federico II, Italy, in 2005.

Experience

In 2001 Samantha joined the Italian Air Force Academy in Pozzuoli, Italy, graduating in 2005. She served as class leader and was awarded the Honour Sword for best academic achievement. From 2005 to 2006, she was based at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas, USA. After completing the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training, she became a fighter pilot and was assigned to the 132nd Squadron, 51st Bomber Wing, based in Istrana, Italy.

In 2007, Samantha completed Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals training. From 2007 to 2008, she flew the MB-339 and served in the Plan and Operations Section for the 51st Bomber Wing in Istrana, Italy.

In 2008, she joined the 101st Squadron, 32nd Bomber Wing, based at Foggia, Italy, where she completed operational conversion training for the AM-X ground attack fighter.

Samantha is a Captain in the Italian Air Force. She has logged over 500 hours flying six types of military aircraft: SF-260, T-37, T-38, MB-339A, MB-339CD and AM-X.

Samantha was selected as an ESA astronaut in May 2009. She joined ESA in September 2009 and completed basic astronaut training in November 2010. In July 2012 she was assigned to an Italian Space Agency ASI mission aboard the International Space Station. She was launched on a Soyuz spacecraft from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on 23 November 2014 on the second long-duration ASI mission and the eighth long-duration mission for an ESA astronaut.

Samantha worked and lived on the International Space Station for almost 200 days as part of her Futura mission and enjoys interacting with space enthusiasts on Twitter as @AstroSamantha.

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The Profile: Annie Caraccio: NASA Engineer Pioneering Research for Future Deep-Space Explorers

NASA Chemical Engineer Annie Caraccio reviews data from experiments with the trash-to-gas reactor in the Kennedy Space Center's Material Science Laboratory.
Credits: NASA/Dan Casper
 

By Bob Granath: NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Annie Caraccio has been a chemical engineer in the Materials Science Division of the Engineering and Technology Directorate at NASA's Kennedy Space Center for the past three years. During that time, she has become involved in revolutionary research that may be of value both on Earth and for future explorers living and working on another planet.

"My start date as a full-time employee was Feb. 14, 2011," she said. "It's appropriate that it was Valentine's Day because I love my work."

Caraccio is part of a team developing a technology that could turn ordinary debris and other garbage accumulated by a crew of astronauts into valuable resources such as methane gas, oxygen and even water using processes that currently are used on Earth.

She is performing human factor assessments of the waste processing technology in a simulated planetary habitat in Hawaii for four months. The goal is to learn how astronauts would operate in a base on Mars.

Caraccio's career path began in Bellmore, N.Y., a suburb of New York City on the south shore of Long Island. She is the younger of two children. Her father, Thomas Caraccio, is a pharmacist and her mother, Joan Caraccio, who died unexpectedly in 2007, was a nurse.

Caraccio's first exposure to the Florida spaceport came during a family vacation when she was about five years old.

"I don't remember much, but I recall being in awe of NASA," she said. "I knew some really smart people worked here."

Caraccio explains that her path to a career in engineering started because of her older brother.

"He was a really great role model when I was growing up," she said. "He received an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and he planned to study engineering. That started me thinking about doing the same."

After graduating from Manhattan College with a master's degree in chemical engineering in December 2010, Annie Caraccio poses with her father, Thomas Caraccio, a pharmacist, left, and her brother U.S. Army Capt. Robert Caraccio, who served in Afghanistan. Credits: Family of Annie Caraccio

One of her favorite subjects in high school was chemistry, Caraccio says.

"I had a great high school chemistry teacher whose name was Mr. O'Kane," she said. "I'll never forget that great class. What my brother was studying seemed challenging and since I liked chemistry and wanted a challenge, I decided to major in chemical engineering."

After high school graduation, Caraccio entered Manhattan College in the Bronx, N.Y., which offered what she wanted.

"It was a hard four years, but it really paid off," she said.

Looking for work experience, Caraccio took a job near Union Square at the Consolidated Edison Company of New York., commonly known to locals as Con Ed, following her sophomore year at Manhattan College. She explained that the company is one of the largest utility companies in the United States providing gas, electric and steam service for much of New York City and Westchester County.

The following year she worked for D&B Engineers and Architects, a leader in environmental engineering and science. The company's work includes planning, designing and implementing environmental projects.

"The summer I worked there, I was supporting the hazardous waste department with various groundwater and soil cleanup processing projects for 'Superfund' type sites," she said.

Superfund is the federal government's program to clean up uncontrolled hazardous waste sites.

"Just before graduating with my bachelor's degree in 2009, I had a chance to go to the Society of Women Engineers National Conference in Baltimore," Caraccio said. "I talked to the people at a NASA booth and applied for an internship, and I was persistent in following up."

That determination paid off. Caraccio participated in three semesters of the NASA Co-op Program, working on developing polymers that could repair themselves in Kennedy's Polymer Science and Technology Laboratory.

"We were developing self-healing insulation systems for electrical wiring to support the space shuttle orbiters," she said. "It was important to ensure the miles of wiring would work properly even if damaged. It was exciting work because it was a technology that could also aid the commercial sector, including the aviation industry."

Soon after beginning work at Kennedy, two events convinced Caraccio the Kennedy Space Center is where she wanted to work long term.

"During June of 2010 I had an opportunity to sit in the pilot's seat of the shuttle orbiter Endeavour," she said. "Then I watched my first shuttle liftoff from the steps outside the Launch Control Center. The power of that rocket with the vibration reverberating off my chest was awe-inspiring. I then realized I had tears streaming down my face. It was an incredible experience."

In December of that year, Caraccio graduated from Manhattan College with her master's degree in chemical engineering. Soon after, she drove her 1995 Mercury Cougar 1,100 miles from the Bronx to Cape Canaveral.

As a chemical engineer, Caraccio now is focusing on developing a reactor to recycle trash during deep-space missions. Unneeded materials such as scraps, wrappers, packaging and other garbage could be converted into methane gas, oxygen and water.

While the term "reactor" is often associated with nuclear energy, in this case it is an apparatus controlling a chemical reaction. The reactor being tested at Kennedy contains more than three quarts of material and burns at about 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, about twice the maximum temperature of an average household oven. The end result is useful elements.

"Not only will this effort help space missions, but it will also be valuable on Earth. We have enough problems recycling and disposing of our own trash," Caraccio said.

Caraccio's experiences have also included participating in center director Bob Cabana's Reverse Mentoring Program. The effort's objective is to improve communications at Kennedy. Participants have an opportunity to talk with Cabana individually about center issues and show him their work.

Annie at Work

"I had an opportunity to demonstrate how we were developing ways to convert trash to useful gas," Caraccio said. "The work is very hands on and technical. When I showed him how we did something, he understood and picked it up quickly and knew how to use our specialized tools. He was very interested in our work."

Caraccio now is part of a six-person crew participating in a long-term human space simulation called "HI-SEAS" for Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation. The HI-SEAS Habitat is located at approximately 8,000 feet in elevation on the northern slope of Mauna Loa, a volcano on the largest island in the Hawaii Island chain.

"The simulation will run for 120 days," Caraccio said. "It's designed to be a Mars equivalent habitat, and I will be performing various research, with the main focus being human factor studies to understand and engineer a flight-like waste processing technology for long duration missions."

While busy with her career at Kennedy, Caraccio still finds time to volunteer with a local troop of Girl Scouts.

"I work primarily with high school girls," she said. "I encourage them to consider STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers. But, the main thing I tell them is to find a career doing something that they feel passionate about."

Caraccio is enthusiastic about being a part of NASA's long-term goal for exploration beyond Earth.

"I love doing research involving technologies that support human spaceflight, especially when many have potential applications here on Earth," she said. "Given the opportunity to add value and apply the research during a deep-space mission to Mars, I'd definitely like to be a part of it."
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Humanity ( Muslim and American): Voices from the White House

President Barack Obama greets members of the audience after he delivers remarks at the Islamic Society of Baltimore mosque and Al-Rahmah School in Baltimore, Maryland, Feb. 3, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

February 3, 2016 at 4:08 PM ET by Tanya Somanader, Kelly Jo Smart

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As a doctor in public service, I have had the privilege of taking care of people from all walks of life -- and I have appreciated that regardless of background, socioeconomic status, religion, etc., we all are connected by our fundamental desire to be human, to be happy and healthy, and to have a fulfilling and productive life. I take great pride in this work.

Today, President Obama made his first visit to a mosque in America. Speaking at the Islamic Society of Baltimore, he said:

“At a time when others are trying to divide us along lines of religion or sect, we have to reaffirm that most fundamental of truths—we are all God’s children, all born equal with inherent dignity. So often we focus on outward differences, we forget how much we share.”

The Muslim community is a relatively small one in America. For many people, the only ways they hear about Muslims and the Islamic faith is from the news, often after a terrorist attack, or from derogatory political rhetoric that blames the entire Muslim-American community for the violent acts of a few.

But that is not who Muslim Americans are. They helped build our nation. They teach our children, they take care of us as patients, they keep our homeland safe. They are laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery after they've given their very last to defend the country they loved.

Today, they work for President Obama in the White House. These are the stories of dedicated public servants who have faced discrimination and found hope in the people they work alongside and the work they do every day on behalf of the American people.

Rumana Ahmed

Advisor to Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes

I was born and raised in Maryland, not too far from D.C. Growing up, I played basketball, loved traveling and hanging with my family and friends, just like any other kid. But after the heinous attacks on 9/11, being a head-covering 8th grader would no longer be the same. There were days when my identity as a Muslim American became a struggle – I was glared at, cursed and spit at in public and in school. It was the tenets of my faith, the ideals of this country, the encouragement of those around me, and the determination to have my voice heard that carried me through and gave me the courage to pursue public service. I learned through hardship, that every challenge is in fact an opportunity to become stronger. Never would I have imagined as a young girl who was once mocked and called names that I’d end up working at the White House wearing a hijab in the West Wing.

Hearing the political discourse and hateful language certainly has negative consequences, but it is also the spark that has empowered me and others like me to speak up and work together in ways we may not have before.

That kind of ability to overcome any challenge is the attitude I take toward the level of anti-Muslim rhetoric we’re seeing today. This country has overcome and continues to strive to overcome every challenge, no matter how long it takes. The Civil Rights movement proves that. People had to struggle and suffer to work together and raise their voices to bring about change. Hearing the political discourse and hateful language certainly has negative consequences, but it is also the spark that has empowered me and others like me to speak up and work together in ways we may not have before. My passion has always been in global social entrepreneurship and empowerment of women and their voices and I am proud to have been able to work on these issues here at the White House. It was the President's message of hope and change that inspired me to pursue an internship at the White House, and it was interning in Correspondence and reading letters that made me realize how important every voice was, including those of Muslim Americans.

I believe if you work hard and if you play by the rules, you can make it if you try in America -- no matter who you are or how you pray. It's how a young girl -- once mocked and called names -- can pursue her dream and proudly serve her country as a head-covering Bengali Muslim American woman in the White House.

Aadil Ginwala

Assistant Director for Education & Telecommunications Innovation in the Office of Science and Technology Policy

I feel honored and deeply privileged to get to serve in the White House, for this country I love so much. But I feel especially privileged to work for President Obama, whom I have felt, since his speech in the 2004 Democratic Convention in Boston, has this uncanny way of saying exactly what I feel and believe, only better than I could have said it myself. And I love that there is a generation of children, many of whom are now 10 and 11 years old, for whom a black President named Barack Hussein Obama is in no way strange or a stretch of the imagination.

But even with the progress we’ve made, the truth is that, as wonderful as America is, anyone who is "different" in some way has likely experienced discrimination at some point or another. For me personally, as a young man before 9/11 the most common thing I would experience is that, somehow, I almost always got "randomly" selected for the extra bag check and security check at the airport every time I flew. This even happened (on October 11, 2001) when I was at JFK airport right after 9/11 preparing to leave for West Africa to serve in the Peace Corps. Thirty-five of us volunteers were all checking in together with all of our gear -- but I was the one that got asked to step aside while a military member searched my bags. Ironically, I feel a lot better at airports today because the security screening that most of us find annoying is at least applied even-handedly and based on rules and evidence-based indicators. At least these days if I get extra scrutiny, it does not feel like it is because I am being profiled.

I have a three-year old boy and I had hoped, when I was growing up, that by the time he went through school, being Muslim would not feel so "weird" and "different" for him as it did for me -- that he would not have as much explaining to do.

For my family, the scariest thing was in 2008 when the FBI showed up to my parent's home unannounced and asked to come in to ask some questions. They asked about my parents' travel to Mumbai, India (where we are from) and then they asked about my parents' religious community, mosque, and friends. It really shook my family to be questioned in that way -- they were afraid, and embarrassed, and felt really unsafe. This has happened to a lot of Muslim Americans, but when it happened to us, we felt very alone and my family lost a lot of sleep over it.

That’s why the vitriolic language in today’s political discourse makes me shake my head. I feel like people are being manipulated, that opportunists are taking advantage of the fact that in a time with so much uncertainty for so many Americans it is easy to grab at visceral fears and say "those other people are the problem -- hate and fear them." I am not so worried about myself, but I worry and fear a great deal for the Muslim American kids in elementary, middle, and high school who are already struggling (as all kids do) to define their multiple identities and who cannot help but feel that there are those in America who might hate them for who they are. I have a three-year old boy and I had hoped, when I was growing up, that by the time he went through school, being Muslim would not feel so "weird" and "different" for him as it did for me -- that he would not have as much explaining to do. Now I have to add the hope that he will not feel hated. That is the heart-breaking thing as a parent.

Alefiyah Mesiwala

Senior Policy Advisor in Healthcare for the National Economic Council

As a doctor in public service, I have had the privilege of taking care of people from all walks of life -- and I have appreciated that regardless of background, socioeconomic status, religion, etc., we all are connected by our fundamental desire to be human, to be happy and healthy, and to have a fulfilling and productive life. I take great pride in this work.

I also take great pride in the fact that I am a Muslim American. But as Muslim American, I have experienced discrimination both in obvious and subtle ways. I have had the experience of getting threatening hate calls and individuals saying offensive things in response to my religious affiliation. And while these incidents have been emotionally upsetting, I have been able to rationalize those incidents as a reaction by those on the fringes who are being manipulated by what they see and hear on television. What I find most difficult is the subtle discrimination I face as a Muslim American, as a women, and as a person-of-color every day. I have to work extra hard to make sure others around me recognize me first and foremost as a proud American serving her country along with other facets of myself.

America gave my parents opportunity to give my siblings and me a better life. I was taught to value its freedoms and pay-it-forward.

That’s why the current rhetoric against Muslim Americans makes me so mad, especially the discourse that somehow claims that we are "un-American" in our values. As immigrants, my parents made much effort to make sure that we had an appreciation of our past heritage and an understanding of our faith; however, they instilled in my siblings and me a great sense of pride and gratitude in being American. America gave my parents opportunity to give my siblings and I a better life. I was taught to value its freedoms and pay-it-forward. To have my patriotism and my dedication to this country questioned because of my faith disrupts my sense of belonging.

However, during my last few years working in government and at the White House, I have seen the power the President’s leadership has in bringing people from all different disciplines together to work in government and solve challenging problems. It has been such a satisfying experience to work with a diverse group of smart, dedicated colleagues who everyday are trying to make this country and the world a better place.

Manar Waheed


Deputy Policy Director for Immigration at The White House Domestic Policy Council

Unfortunately, my family and I have experienced discrimination and xenophobia most of our lives. I was born in Texas and spent most of my childhood in a small city, where we had to travel three hours just to get a major city with a Muslim population. A lot of the discrimination I faced growing up was not ill-intentioned or deliberate; it was a lack of exposure or understanding. As I moved into my adult life, I think I became more aware of it and it also became more prevalent and frankly, more ill-intentioned. I’ve been told to go back to my country or called a terrorist more times than I can even count. I’ve faced bigotry, stereotypes, and mistreatment in positions of employment, where I’m treated differently, mischaracterized, or my ability is questioned because of my faith or because of what I look like.

I’ve faced bigotry, stereotypes, and mistreatment in positions of employment, where I’m treated differently, mischaracterized, or my ability is questioned because of my faith or because of what I look like.

The painful language we hear today from too many political leaders is not new to me. But what is new to me is the level of acceptability and the support for these statements. We have reached a new low when people publicly support these statements and see no wrong in them. It’s true, we used to live in a time of political correctness when people knew what not to say. But, at least they knew those statements were wrong. It’s heartbreaking to see people stand by while others try to take us backwards from the progress we’ve made. It violates everything that I know America to be, everything we have been historically, and everything we can be.

This is why I have worked on social justice issues most of my career and went to law school with that intention. I spent many years assisting women survivors of abuse. Given my background and the fact that I speak Spanish, the majority of my clients were immigrants and several of them were Muslim. Witnessing the injustice that my clients faced on a daily basis and the ways in which some of our systems required change to really benefit the people who needed them most, I decided to move to DC and shift over to policy advocacy. Advocacy happens in so many forms, from the inside out and from the top to the bottom. There is great value in all avenues for change and I truly believe that we must pursue change at every angle in order to achieve it. If ever there was a time that I wanted to pursue change from the inside -- when I believed that change was really possible -- it is under this President.
 

Fatima Noor


Policy Assistant for Immigration Policy & Rural Affairs at The White House Domestic Policy Council

I was born in Somalia, but mostly what I remember are flashes of a carefree child, happily unaware of the world beyond the Utanga Refugee Camp in Kenya. About half a mile from our UNHCR-issued blue tent was the fence that surrounded the camp. Beyond the fence was an endless blue horizon of ocean. If you stood close enough, on the slight precipice before the fence, you could see where the beach welcomed the waves. I never saw any people down there, but sometimes I would catch the sight of boats with colorful sails drifting out to sea.

Soon, due to a combination of wildfires and overpopulation, our camp was ordered to shut down. My family, like many others, faced tough decisions. One was whether to return to Somalia in the height of civil war. Another was whether to send their small child -- me -- to live with a relative in a far-off land in hopes of better opportunities.

On our last day at the camp, I watched my parents and brother sail off in one of the colorful boats shuttling the many faces -- men, women, and children -- who once inhabited this camp, back to Somalia. I was sent to live in Denmark. In the early 2000s, my father made his way out of Somalia, alone. He came to the United States as a refugee. He lived in Texas, but driving trucks gave him the opportunity to explore America’s frontiers: from the snowy Northwest to the humid Southeast. He decided to settle in the latter, and started the paperwork to bring my mother and brothers from Somalia and me from Denmark.

We all stood, raised our right hands and recited the Oath of Allegiance: “I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same…”

In 2005, my whole family reunited in our new home: Memphis, Tennessee. We soon adapted to Southern living (and yummy Memphis barbecue). We bought a house down by the Mississippi River. My brother even attended the same middle school as Elvis Presley. I graduated from the University of Memphis.

On the morning of April 29, 2013, we returned to the same auditorium where I had received my high school diploma a few years earlier. We all stood, raised our right hands and recited the Oath of Allegiance: "I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same..."

That's why it has been so disheartening to have my intentions and allegiance questioned when I have twice taken an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States” -- first as new U.S. citizen, then as a public servant. I have been experiencing hateful attacks on social media not only directed at my Muslim heritage and refugee background but also aimed to undermine my service to this country. These attacks have, at times, made me reflect more deeply on who I am as an American but have also made me appreciate that in spite of the existence of this hateful rhetoric, I can proudly serve at the highest level of our government.

In my current role I am deeply involved in our Administration's efforts to welcome and integrate refugees and immigrants from around the world. A few years ago, the President said this at the naturalization ceremony: “The basic idea of welcoming immigrants to our shores is central to our way of life -- it is in our DNA. We believe our diversity, our differences, when joined together by a common set of ideals, makes us stronger, makes us more creative, makes us different. From all these different strands, we make something new here in America.”

This is why, every day, I am humbled to serve in an Administration that honors our American values of respecting different faiths and backgrounds, in an Administration that strives to be as diverse as the country it serves.

Raheemah Abdulaleem


Associate General Counsel in the Office of Administration

I was raised in Philadelphia, PA and attended public school there. My parents were both educators with the Philadelphia public schools and instilled in me and my siblings a thirst for knowledge and respect for others. These character traits opened doors for me to attend Ivy league universities for college and law school, travel abroad, and pursue a career as an attorney. Yet, as a Muslim woman who is also African American, I have been reminded throughout my life that I may face challenges and hostility because of my race, faith, and gender.

I became a public servant in 2009 when I joined the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division as a Senior Trial Attorney. When I first joined the Civil Rights Division under the leadership of Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez, we embarked on a comprehensive mission to let Americans know that the Civil Rights Division was "open for business" and we were prepared to bring cases to protect the civil rights of all. Sadly, my work also allowed me to see first-hand the result of hateful rhetoric similar to what we are witnessing today in the form of hate crime prosecutions, housing discrimination cases and employment discrimination cases brought by Muslims, Sikhs, Christians and others.

The heckler had no way of knowing that I was born and raised in Philadelphia to a family whose history in this country is as old as the nation itself.

One experience that sticks out in my own life took place when I moved here to Washington after the President’s election. While walking not far from my office in downtown DC, a man yelled at me from his car "go back to your country." He apparently supposed that I was not American because I wore a hijab (a traditional headscarf worn by some Muslim women). The heckler had no way of knowing that I was born and raised in Philadelphia to a family whose history in this country is as old as the nation itself. He was unaware of my family’s contributions to both building and defending our great country. Little did he know that my family, perhaps like his, includes teachers, school administrators, lawyers, nurses, writers, transportation workers, and several members of the Armed Services (one of whom was awarded a Presidential Unit Citation for his service during World War II).

I would have enjoyed the opportunity to engage the heckler and share with him my experiences as a Senior Trial Attorney in the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, prior to arriving at the Executive Office of the President. Perhaps he may have been interested in a case I brought on behalf of a prison guard who was sexually harassed by his female supervisor. Or, a Muslim woman who was denied a religious accommodation to go on Hajj. I could have also related my work in advocating for the rights of school police officers who wished to observe their religion while at work by wearing beards. Or, he may have found comfort in knowing about my work on a disparate impact case that helped improve the Fire Department of New York by ending decades of employment based discriminatory practices against Latinos and African Americans. Muslim Americans have and continue to provide support to this nation in so many arenas.

Presentation: Tanya Somanader: Director of Digital Rapid Response for the Office of Digital Strategy. The Humanion includes Tanya Somanader in this celebratory presentation (presented by her) of humanity.

All Photos: Kelly Jo Smart: Special Assistant to the White House Chief Digital Officer. The Humanion includes Kelly Jo Smart in this celebratory presentation  of humanity.

The Photo of President Barack Obama with the young people was taken by Official White House Photographer: Pete Souza. The Humanion includes Pete Souza and the young people and the President in this celebratory presentation of humanity.

This presentation is taken from the White House Media Release, titled, Muslim and American: Voices from the White House. The Humanion has changed the title into: Humanity ( Muslim and American): Voices from the White House
 

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The Profile: Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka UN Women Executive Director

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is sworn in as new Executive Director of UN Women by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (August 2013). UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women. She was sworn into office on 19 August 2013 and brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this position, having devoted her career to issues of human rights, equality and social justice. Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka has worked in government and civil society, and with the private sector, and was actively involved in the struggle to end apartheid in her home country of South Africa.

From 2005 to 2008, she served as Deputy President of South Africa, overseeing programmes to combat poverty and bring the advantages of a growing economy to the poor, with a particular focus on women. Prior to this, she served as Minister of Minerals and Energy from 1999 to 2005 and Deputy Minister in the Department of Trade and Industry from 1996 to 1999. She was a Member of Parliament from 1994 to 1996 as part of South Africa’s first democratic government.

Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka began her career as a teacher and gained international experience as a coordinator at the World YWCA in Geneva, where she established a global programme for young women. She is the founder of the Umlambo Foundation, which supports leadership and education. A longtime champion of women’s rights, she is affiliated with several organizations devoted to education, women’s empowerment and gender equality.

She has completed her PhD on education and technology at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom.

Read her Interview with The UN News Services

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Posted on: November 19, 2015

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The Profile : Charles F. Bolden, Jr., NASA Administrator

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Maj. Gen. Charles Frank Bolden, Jr., (USMC-Ret.) was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the 12th Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He began his duties as head of the agency on July 17, 2009. As Administrator, Bolden leads a nationwide NASA team to advance the missions and goals of the U.S. space program.

At NASA, Bolden has overseen the safe transition from 30 years of space shuttle missions to a new era of exploration focused on full utilization of the International Space Station and space and aeronautics technology development. He has led the agency in developing a Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft that will carry astronauts to deep space destinations, such as an asteroid and Mars. He also established a new Space Technology Mission Directorate to develop cutting-edge technologies for the missions of tomorrow. During Bolden's tenure, the agency's support of commercial space transportation systems for reaching low-Earth orbit have enabled successful commercial cargo resupply of the space station and significant progress toward returning the capability for American companies to launch astronauts from American soil by 2017. Bolden has also supported NASA's contributions toward development of developing cleaner, faster, and quieter airplanes. The agency's dynamic science activities under Bolden include an unprecedented landing on Mars with the Curiosity rover, launch of a spacecraft to Jupiter, enhancing the nation's fleet of Earth-observing satellites, and continued progress toward the 2018 launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope.

Bolden's 34-year career with the Marine Corps also included 14 years as a member of NASA's Astronaut Office. After joining the office in 1980, he traveled to orbit four times aboard the space shuttle between 1986 and 1994, commanding two of the missions and piloting two others. His flights included deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope and the first joint U.S.-Russian shuttle mission, which featured a cosmonaut as a member of his crew.

Prior to his nomination as NASA administrator, Bolden was Chief Executive Officer of JACKandPANTHER LLC, a small business enterprise providing leadership, military, and aerospace consulting, as well as motivational speaking.

Born Aug. 19, 1946, in Columbia, S.C., Bolden graduated from C. A. Johnson High School in 1964 and received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical science in 1968 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps. After completing flight training in 1970, he became a Naval Aviator. Bolden flew more than 100 combat missions in North and South Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, while stationed in Namphong, Thailand between 1972 - 1973.

Bolden earned a Master of Science degree in systems management from the University of Southern California in 1977. In 1978, he was assigned to the Naval Test Pilot School at Patuxent River, Md., and completed his training in 1979. While working at the Naval Air Test Center's Systems Engineering and Strike Aircraft Test Directorates, he tested a variety of ground attack aircraft until his selection as an astronaut candidate in 1980.

Bolden's NASA astronaut career included technical assignments as the Astronaut Office Safety Officer; Technical Assistant to the Director of Flight Crew Operations; Special Assistant to the Director of the Johnson Space Center in Houston; Chief of the Safety Division at Johnson (where he oversaw efforts to return the shuttle to flight safely after the 1986 Challenger accident); lead astronaut for vehicle test and checkout at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida; and Assistant Deputy Administrator at NASA Headquarters. After his final shuttle flight in 1994, he left NASA and returned to active duty with Marine Corps operating forces as the Deputy Commandant of Midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy.

In 1997, Bolden was assigned as the Deputy Commanding General of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force in the Pacific. During the first half of 1998, he served as Commanding General of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force Forward in support of Operation Desert Thunder in Kuwait. He was promoted to his final rank of major general in July 1998 and named Deputy Commander of U.S. forces in Japan. He later served as the Commanding General of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, Calif., from 2000 - 2002. He retired from the Marine Corps in 2003. Bolden's many military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in May 2006.

Bolden is married to the former Alexis (Jackie) Walker of Columbia, S.C. The couple has two children -- Anthony Chè, a lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps, who is married to the former Penelope McDougal of Sydney, Australia, and Kelly Michelle, a plastic surgeon at the Howard University Hospital in Washington.

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Posted on: November 4, 2015

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The Tribute

The Pillinger's Day: A Tribute to Professor Colin Pillinger of ESA's Beagle 2 Mars Lander


Colin Pillinger: 1943-2014: ESA Image

What Alvaro Giménez, ESA’s Director of Science and Robotic Exploration, said about Professor Colin Pillinger when Professor Colin Pillinger died is absolutely true: he mentioned his passion, his immense pleasure in the work he did. He was a gifted scientist with a sense and determination to carry on with projects that he was involved in.

Like most people who became aware and interested in the works of Professor Pillinger I did not ever get to meet him in person but I always felt as if I knew him because they way he would come across on the media.

His child-like enthusiasm, his transparent personality and his joyous and exuberant euphoria about his projects would come across as and when he appeared on the media.

I remember how he appeared with a model replica of Beagle 2 on television and how wonderfully he was illustrating how Beagle 2 was going to work.

Gimenez mentioned this as well, that Pillinger and his works, his love and enthusiasm of working and learning in and about Planetary Sciences worked as a guiding light for a lot of young scientists and researchers who went onto work for organisation like ESA. The very situation I just referred about his demonstration of Beagle 2 on British television might prove to be the inspiration for thousands of British young people becoming Scientists and Researchers in all the fields that study and seek knowledge of the heavens.

I felt a sadness whenever I thought of him simply because of what happened to Beagle 2. It must have made him really depressed and sad knowing that it should not have happened, that it should have worked. But it did not and went into a deathly silence.  And nothing could be done about the disappearance of Beagle 2. How crushing and frustrating it must have been for him. Sad most of all.

So when early this year suddenly, when no one nowhere on earth was expecting to hear or thinking of hearing the name Beagle 2 being mentioned Beagle 2 just came to life like 'magic', literally from out of the blue for NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter photographed Beagle 2 on the surface of Mars. It did indeed land!

I screamed out as I heard it on the news as if I was telling Professor Pillinger the news that it was not all lost, that his Beagle 2 had made it to Mars, as if he could hear me. I am sure a lot of other people must have felt a sense of validation for the work of Professor Pillinger and felt happy for him as his family expressed after the news was heard.

An asteroid 15614 named after Pillinger and a Mars Rover Opportunity Missions's destination on the Endeavour Crater was named as Pillinger Point which is very fitting.

This is our tribute to Professor Colin Pillinger and his beautiful dedication, steely determination and most of all for his child-like love, sense of wonder and enthusiasm for sciences exploring the heavens, particularly, the exploration of Mars. Long may live his memories and long may they inspire young people towards sciences across the globe.

We are now preparing for the Mars Human Mission where Beagle 2 has landed first for which Professor Colin Pillinger became known mostly in the outside world and to the general public.

The Humanion proposes this to NASA Mars Mission ( all other scientific communities involved in this mammoth venture) that the day the Human Mission to Mars lands on the almost 'mythical' Martian soil be named after Professor Colin Pillinger as Pillinger's Day.

Munayem Mayenin
Editor

 

Posted on : November 4, 2015

ESA website says:

British planetary scientist Professor Colin Pillinger, a former ESA principal investigator, passed away on 7 May.

The Open University scientist was best known as the driving force behind Beagle-2, the lander for ESA’s Mars Express.

He also proposed the Ptolemy experiment on ESA’s Rosetta lander, Philae, which is just months away from landing on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.

“Colin was a unique and brilliant scientist, and always took immense pleasure in his work,” says Alvaro Giménez, ESA’s Director of Science and Robotic Exploration.

“His determination and passion for the exploration of space and Mars in particular never waned, and captured the imagination of the general public.

“He is also the reason that many of our ESA scientists became interested in pursuing careers in planetary exploration, and he will be sorely missed.”

Professor Colin Pillinger

The Background Story of Beagle 2 Mars Lander

ESA: 16 January 2015

The UK-led Beagle-2 Mars lander, which hitched a ride on ESA’s Mars Express mission and was lost on Mars since 2003, has been found in images taken by a NASA orbiter at the Red Planet.

Beagle-2 was released from its mother craft on 19 December 2003 and was due to land six days later. But nothing was heard from the lander after its scheduled touchdown, and searches by Mars Express and NASA’s Mars Odyssey mission were fruitless.

Now, over a decade later, the lander has been identified in images taken by the high-resolution camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The lander is seen partially deployed on the surface, showing that the entry, descent and landing sequence worked and it did indeed successfully land on Mars on

“We are very happy to learn that Beagle-2 touched down on Mars. The dedication of the various teams in studying high-resolution images in order to find the lander is inspiring,” says Alvaro Giménez, ESA’s Director of Science and Robotic Exploration.

“Not knowing what happened to Beagle-2 remained a nagging worry. Understanding now that Beagle-2 made it all the way down to the surface is excellent news,” adds Rudolf Schmidt, ESA’s Mars Express project manager at the time.

The high resolution images were initially searched by Michael Croon, a former member of the Mars Express operations team at ESA’s Space Operations Centre, ESOC, in Darmstadt, Germany, working in parallel with members of the Beagle-2 industrial and scientific teams.

The small size of Beagle-2 – less than 2 m across when fully deployed – meant this was a painstaking endeavour, right at the limit of the resolution of cameras in orbit around Mars.
Beagle-2 on Mars

After the identification of potential counterparts to Beagle-2 in the expected landing of Isidis Planitia, a large impact basin close the martian equator, further images were obtained and analysed by the camera team, the Beagle-2 team and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

The images show the lander in what appears to be a partially deployed configuration, with only one, two or at most three of the four solar panels open, and with the main parachute and what is thought to be the rear cover with its pilot/drogue parachute still attached close by.

The size, shape, colour and separation of the features are consistent with Beagle-2 and its landing components, and lie within the expected landing area at a distance of about 5 km from its centre.

Beagle 2 Found

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Security Council Discusses Continuing Syria Crisis

Angelina Jolie Pitt (right), Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), addresses the Security Council meeting on the continuing conflict in Syria and the attendant humanitarian and refugee crises. At her side is the High Commissioner, António Guterres. 24 April 2015. Posted: 190116 Image: UN Photo

Call Them What You May But Forget You Not That They are As Much Human As Any Other

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Refugees and migrants wait to be registered as asylum-seekers in Berlin, Germany. Call them, what you may, name them what you would; but forget not that they are as much human as any other Ram, Roma or Tom, as much as any other Ahmed, Tajiaki or Anderson or any other Akiosa, Iima or Surjamukhi or Abiola, Sanchez or Grace or Jing-ling, Watanaha or Pillar.  UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi Speaks of the Plight of the Refugees. Photo: UNICEF/Ashley Gilbertson VII. Readmore  Posted: 210116

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The Window of the Heavens Always Open and Calling: All We Have to Do Is: To Choose to Be Open, Listen and Respond

 

 

 

Imagine a Rose-Boat

Imagine a rose floating like a tiny little boat on this ocean of infinity
And raise your soul-sail on this wee-little boat and go seeking out
All along feed on nothing but the light that you gather only light
Fear shall never fathom you nor greed can tempt nor illusion divert
For Love you are by name by deeds you are love's working-map

 

 

Only in the transparent pool of knowledge, chiselled out by the sharp incision of wisdom, is seen the true face of what truth is: That what  beauty paints, that what music sings, that what love makes into a magic. And it is life: a momentary magnificence, a-bloom like a bubble's miniscule exposition, against the spread of this awe-inspiring composition of the the Universe. Only through the path of seeking, learning, asking and developing, only through the vehicles and vesicles of knowledge, only through listening to the endless springs flowing beneath, outside, around and beyond our reach, of wisdom, we find the infinite ocean of love which is boundless, eternal, and being infinite, it makes us, shapes us and frees us onto the miracle of infinite liberty: without border, limitation or end. There is nothing better, larger or deeper that humanity can ever be than to simply be and do love. The Humanion

 

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First Published: September 24: 2015