Press Release

Digital Learning Network Hosts Worldwide Virtual Party for NASA

By SpaceRef Editor
November 6, 2008
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HAMPTON, Va. — Schools all over the world will wish NASA a happy birthday as part of an all-day virtual birthday party through NASA’s Digital Learning Network on Thursday, Nov. 13.

The virtual party begins at 9 a.m. EST with live videoconferences occurring every hour on the hour until 6 p.m. Schools from Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Japan, Mexico City, India, Slovenia and New Zealand will participate in the live digital connection.

During each webcast, international schools will connect with a U.S. school and one of NASA’s 10 field centers. Each Digital Learning Network site will host a 45-minute videoconference featuring a unique program in NASA’s 50 years of discovery and exploration in science, aeronautics and space.

Webcast topics for NASA’s 50th birthday party include (all times EST):

– Space shuttle, hosted at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 9 a.m.

– Project Mercury, hosted at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., at 10 a.m.

– The Viking Project, hosted at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., at 11 a.m.

– Hubble Space Telescope, hosted at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., at noon.

– Project Gemini, hosted at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston at 1 p.m.

– Stennis Space Center history, hosted at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi at 2 p.m.

– X-43, hosted at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif., at 3 p.m.

– Icing Tunnel, hosted at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland at 4 p.m.

– Arc Jet Facility, hosted at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., at 5 p.m.

– Phoenix Mars Lander, hosted at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., at 6 p.m.

The birthday party is being held through a partnership among NASA, Discovery Education of Silver Spring, Md., the U.S. Distance Learning Association of Boston and Polycom of Pleasanton, Calif.

NASA’s Digital Learning Network began in the spring of 2004 with three hub sites at Langley, Glenn and Johnson and now extends to all 10 field centers. Through interactive videoconferencing, the network allows the next generation of explorers to connect with scientists, engineers and researchers without leaving the classroom. The distance-learning events are designed to educate through demonstrations and live interactions with NASA experts.

To view the live webcasts on Nov. 13, visit:

For more information about NASA’s education programs, visit:

SpaceRef staff editor.