Amateur Space News April 19, 2014

Today’s news include the husband of a Mars One candidate, an educational model rocket design, an earthquake app from the Red Cross, and more.

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The Dallas Morning News reprinted a Texas Monthly op-ed by a Mars One candidate’s husband. Jason Stanford writes about the reaction to his wife, Sonia Van Meter’s decision to apply for the one-way trip: intrusive questions about sex, criticism of their commitment to marriage, and judgement of her fitness as a wife and mother. Stanford provides two different perspectives - the sense of wonder that motivates his wife and the dedication and love that he has for her. 

College professor and Mars One candidate Frank Daniels was interviewed by the Ely Times. A professor at a local Nevada college, he plans to continue teach classes from Mars. 

The Las Cruces Sun-News wrote about a new model rocket design. New Mexico State University undergraduate student Sam Pedrotty created it to give undergraduate propulsion courses a hands-on complement to the theoretical equations The modular design lets students mix-and-match design elements like nose cones, body length, and fin design. Students predict the effect of their choices on the rocket's performance, and then test their hypothesis by launching the rocket. Pedrotty has worked with a local high school to incorporate his model rocket in science classes. He will continue to develop the concept while working at his new job at Nasa.

The American Red Cross took recent earthquakes as an opportunity to remind Southern Californians of the Earthquake by American Red Cross app for iOS and Android. The app relays alerts from the USGS, keeps you connected to family, and provides tips on preparing for and reacting to a large earthquake. The app received thousands of reviews, earning 4.5 stars on iTunes and 4.3 stars on Google Play. The American Red Cross has apps for other natural hazards.

Google Lunar X-Prize team Stellar conducted outreach programs in Croatia. The Balloon Stellar Stratosphere competition carried high school student experiments on high-altitude balloon flights into the stratosphere.