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NASA's 50th Anniversary - Special Event Series

Grade Level K-4, 5-8, 9-12, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Subject Matter Physical Science, History
Target Audience Students
Event Focus NASA has powered us into the 21st century through signature accomplishments that are enduring icons of human achievement. What are some of those accomplishments, technological innovations, and scientific discoveries that have improved and shaped our lives?
Weblink to Program For more details click here


Special Web Casts

(See Links Below) 

As part of NASA\'s 50th anniversary celebration, the Digital Learning Network (DLN) will inspire students across the country with a 5-part series highlighting the contributions of each NASA Center to a specific topic in NASA history. The DLN will take your students on a journey into NASA\'s past while linking them to the vision for space exploration. A look at past, present and future goals of the space program will offer a unique connection to each student within your classroom as they are invited to be a part of the future of space exploration!

The live Web Casts will link you and your students to two NASA Centers with programs focusing on NASA\'s past, present, and future efforts of space exploration. Your students will become familiar with NASA\'s goal to explore for answers that power our future.
All series segments below will include discussions of past, present, and future of the topic.


Go Flight!
The year is 1958, nothing would ever be the same. For the first time, the
United States sent a man-made device into space. This new frontier of
exploration required ingenuity and creativity. All of the effort put forward
to make space exploration a success was focused toward the NASA Johnson
Space Center and the NASA Kennedy Space Center. Join us in re-living the
incredible past events of these two Centers while realizing that the future
milestones of NASA will be accomplished by the students inside your
May 13, 2008 at 1:00pm-2:00pm Eastern

Astronomy: Bringing the Past to Light
The NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory are
combining forces to bring the rich history and science of telescopes to
light. This interactive learning event will peer back through time to \"first
light\" for Galileo\'s refractor, highlight the evolution of the telescope into
today\'s large mountaintop reflectors, and focus in on the present and
future promise of NASA\'s space-based Great Observatories. Witness the
inspiring trek of innovation and discovery as NASA continues to explore
for answers that power our future.
May 14, 2008 at 1:00pm-2:00pm Eastern
May 14, 2008 at 3:00pm-4:00pm Eastern
May 19, 2008 at 10:00am-11:00am Eastern
May 19, 2008 at 12:00pm-1:00pm Eastern

Advancements in Aeronautics
Fly away with the NASA Langley and Dryden Flight Research Centers to
learn about their roles in the development of aeronautics during NASA\'s
50 years. Combined, the two Centers have been studying aviation for
more than 90 years. Your students will learn more about this fascinating
area of science and how NASA\'s advancements have benefited mankind.
May 20, 2008 at 11:00am-12:00pm Eastern

Propulsion: Past, Present and Future
The NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and the NASA Stennis Space Center were built to
examine Newton\'s three fundamental laws of motion through testing large
scale engines used for propulsion, eventually taking man to the moon. In
recent years, both Centers were key in the development of the Space
Shuttle Program taking NASA from the conceptual stages to the last flight
three years from now. Today as we retire the shuttle, MSFC and SSC look
to a new era of space exploration taking man back to the moon and beyond
to new frontiers.
May 20, 2008 at 1:10pm-2:10pm Eastern

Wind Tunnels and Their Use in Aerospace
Presented by the NASA Ames Research Center and then NASA Glenn Research Center. You have just put your design idea for your new aircraft or rocket on paper
but if you build it will it fly? Learn how scientists and engineers at NASA
have answered this question over the past 50 years without leaving the
ground. Take a journey with the DLN and see how NASA uses wind tunnel
facilities for aviation and aerospace research.
May 21, 2008 at 1:00pm-2:00pm Eastern
May 21, 2008 at 2:30pm-3:30pm Eastern

Instructional Objectives

Students will learn how NASA powers:

  • Inspiration that encourages future generations to explore, learn, and build a better future.
  • Innovation that creates new jobs, new markets, and new technologies.
  • Discovery that enables us to learn more about ourselves, our world, and how to manage and protect it.




Each of these programs will be Web cast. What is a Web cast? A Web cast is a video stream of a special event or videoconference event broadcast over the Internet . Web links are provided for viewers to interact with the NASA program host through email or message board.

Click on the link or icon below to connect to the Web cast(s) via Windows Media Player:

The webcasts will be available for viewing to anyone who can access the link above. You will need Windows Media Player installed on your computer. Both PCs and Macs are welcome. You can also access the webcast directly in Windows Media Player by going to File - Open URL - and pasting/typing the link above.


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