Telnet or Gopher to: spacelink.msfc.nasa.gov
Provided by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, Spacelink is an exceedingly rich source of space-related information in many forms. Since its inception in 1988 using eight 2400 baud modems via direct-dial, Spacelink has grown in direct proportion with the explosive interest in and use of the Internet. Today, Spacelink utilizes a SPARCserver 1000 with four 50 MHz Super Sparc processors and a 32 port communications server. Direct dial is still supported, as is access via Telnet, Gopher, FTP and the Worldwide Web. NASA Spacelink's content reflects its mission: to help teachers, faculty and students reach the national education goals as outlined by the President and the NASA Strategic Plan for Education. Though primarily space oriented, Spacelink's offerings reflect its interdisciplinary charge. Available through the system are text files, software, and imagery. Subjects covered include science, math, engineering and technology education, as well as lesson plans, historical information related to the space program, current status reports on NASA projects, NASA news releases, and various publications with educational or research relevance. Spacelink may be used by educators to create space or science oriented lesson plans, those researching NASA's history or details of any of NASA's past or current programs, or by the student, in support of papers, projects or curiosity. Given particular coverage is the Space Shuttle program and the nascent International Space Station. Activities concerning these endeavors are exhaustively documented, and photography from Shuttle missions are usually available even before the spacecraft returns to Earth. Also available are astronomical images from the Hubble Space Telescope and NASA planetary probes. Originally configured as a direct-dial access system, Spacelink still offers this option to sites without Internet access. Schools and educators that have no link to the Internet or no access to commercial online services may contact Spacelink by mail, on official letterhead, to arrange for special services. This option enables schools and educators not yet on the "information superhighway" to still have access, learn of its opportunities and resources, and demonstrate its possibilities, while at the same time taking advantage of its rich educational resources. For more information, contact Flint Wild, NASA Spacelink Administrator, Educational Programs Office, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama, 35812.
Kurt W. Wagner
William Paterson College of New Jersey