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Moonandback Travel, Inc. has partnered with the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space to provide space tourism services to SEDS’ membership and alumni. Moonandback Travel has agreed to donate $2,500 to SEDS for every booking referred by SEDS that includes the checkout code SEDS 917 entered on the Travel web site’s booking form. The donations, made to SEDS in the name of the person booking the flight, are for flights on the Lynx spaceplane or ascents to near-space on zero2infinity’s bloon. Information on both experiences can be found on Moonandback Travel’s web site http://takeme2space.com.
Last month social empowerment community GOOD teamed up with Microsoft’s Give For Youth, a program that helps nonprofits crowd fund their youth-focused projects in partnership with GlobalGiving, in the GOOD Maker Challenge for Inspiring Youth-Focused Nonprofits. For two weeks the public voted for the nonprofit organizations whose youth education, employment, entrepreneurial projects they deemed most worthy of funding. The twenty organizations who received the most votes would be able to fundraise on the Give For Youth platform. Between March 18th and March 27th, Microsoft will match all funds up to $100,000 raised by SEDS and the nineteen other nonprofits who are winners of this Challenge. The top three finalists of this second fundraising challenge will receive an additional prize including $5000 in Microsoft Store money and a one-year subscription to GOOD and its cobrands.
On the morning of Friday, February 15th, the planet Earth was once again reminded of its vulnerability to the dangers of the universe. An estimated 10,000-ton meteor exploded over the skies of the southern Russian city of Chelyabinsk, releasing nearly 500 kilotons of energy from its entry into Earth’s atmosphere to its airborne disintegration. With injury estimates exceeding 1,000 and a reported 3,000 buildings damaged, it is a staunch reminder of the dangers and risks that we carry every day.