Today’s kids may not appreciate the technological achievement of the Apollo 11 moonlanding 40 years ago.
To help bring that event to a new generation, NASA is presenting a series of interactive educational videoconferences featuring firsthand accounts of the people who made the lunar landing possible.
The week of programs begins Nov. 16 from NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., focusing on the work of aerospace pioneer John Houbolt. Students will learn how a young engineer convinced his boss that lunar exploration would be possible only if something called "Lunar Orbit Rendezvous" was used as the passageway to the moon.
NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., will host the Nov. 17 videoconference, during which students will learn how a rocket taller than the Statue of Liberty was constructed for peaceful space exploration and why its presence tipped the scale of the space race in favor of the United States.
Students will connect with NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Nov. 18 to discover America's spaceport, the site where the Apollo 11 astronauts made their final preparations before counting down to launch on the fastest rocket in the world, the Saturn V.
During a Nov. 19 event with NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, series participants will learn more about the home of the astronaut corps and take a peek inside NASA's Mission Control Center, the setting of communication with Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins as they were zooming toward the moon.
The series concludes on Nov. 20 from NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., where students will learn how NASA may one day return to the moon and explore the universe beyond with the Constellation Program.
The one-hour programs will begin at 1 p.m. EST each day. The videoconferences will be Webcast to the public and can be viewed at dln.nasa.gov/dln/content/webcast
To read the three-part series in Government Video by James O’Neal about the live video transmissions from the moonlanding, check out Television's Longest Remote, Apollo: Capturing in Color, and NASA Restores Historic Moon Landing Footage.
To learn more about NASA's Digital Learning Network, visit dln.nasa.gov/dln/index.jsp
To learn more about NASA's education programs, visit www.nasa.gov/education
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