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Sept. 29, 2000

John Bluck

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

650/604-5026 or 604-9000

jbluck@mail.arc.nasa.gov


RELEASE 00-65AR

NASA AMES ACTIVATES NEW PUBLIC AFFAIRS WEBSITE, "AMESNEWS"

An upgraded NASA public affairs website, http://amesnews.arc.nasa.gov, was brought alive this week at NASA's Ames Research Center, located in the heart of California's Silicon Valley.

The "amesnews" site includes press releases, images for publication, the Ames employee newspaper, the "Astrogram," as well as much other information.

"We will be able to handle a greater number of users at the same time," said the web's author, Jonas Diño, at NASA Ames. "We not only moved the site to a faster server computer, but we upgraded the site to provide better access for handicapped users."

"The web site was recently moved to a more powerful and secure environment as part of a major upgrade in local service improvements," according to Therese Holliday, of the Ames web services group. "With the recent redesign of the site, users will be able to more easily navigate the site and find needed information more quickly."

The old Internet addresses for the Ames public affairs website, http://ccf.arc.nasa.gov/dx and http://george.arc.nasa.gov/dx, will still work for a limited time, but users who "bookmark" the new "URL" will usually get a significantly faster response when they click to access the new site.

The Astrogram newsletter, though intended for employees, often contains newsworthy information of interest to a wider audience, including the general public as well as journalists. On-line issues of the Astrogram, beginning with the Jan. 1, 2000 newspaper, are in portable document format (PDF). The PDF Astrogram looks exactly like the printed version of the newspaper.

In addition, the website includes a section describing the NASA Ames Educators' Resource Center that has materials for educators, including lesson plans, publications and audiovisual instructional materials.

NASA Ames news releases are also available at the time of issue by e-mail. To receive Ames releases via e-mail, send an e-mail with the word "subscribe" in the subject line to: ames-releases-request@lists.arc.nasa.gov. To unsubscribe, send an email to: ames-releases-request@lists.arc.nasa.gov with "unsubscribe" in the subject line.

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