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NASA's Spacelink Service Marks 10th Anniversary

Magazine article Information Today

NASA's Spacelink Service Marks 10th Anniversary

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NASA has announced that Spacelink--its first public online information resource--has celebrated its 10th anniversary.

The service, which today provides quick and easy access to NASA information on the World Wide Web, is intended primarily for educators and students. But it is also a user-friendly guide for all to use in navigating NASA's many Web sites, according to NASA.

When Spacelink first began, the only way to access NASA information online was by using a modem and dialing direct to the Marshall Center. Spacelink first appeared in 1988 as a "dial-up service," a now-antiquated term that referred to online sites where information posted by organizations could be accessed by the public.

Computer technology and online services have undergone sweeping changes since the `80s. Creators have redesigned the service four times to keep pace with technological advances.

"As Internet popularity began to grow, we knew teachers would begin using it to gather information, so that was the next step," said Jeff Ehmen, Spacelink manager at the Marshall Center. …

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