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Feb. 14, 2002

John Bluck

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

Phone: 650/604-5026 or 604-9000

jbluck@mail.arc.nasa.gov



NOTE TO EDITORS
: 02-17AR

‘AMES NEWS’ WEB SITE TO SERVE SPANISH-LANGUAGE AUDIENCES

The NASA Ames Research Center newsroom today officially began a service to provide Spanish-language translations of selected Ames news releases and other information on a new web site located at: http://amesnews.arc.nasa.gov/index_span.html

When fully constructed, the site will provide access to news releases, document and image archives, fact sheets, point-of-contact information and related items. Spanish-speaking reporters, the public and educators are encouraged to check the ‘Amesnoticias’ web site for rapid access to Ames news items.

"NASA and Ames are determined to break down barriers that prevent universal access to, and participation in, the nation’s space and aeronautics programs by all of our citizens," said David Morse, public affairs director at NASA Ames Research Center in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley. "To that end, we are making it a priority to reach out and engage minority and non-traditional audiences and the news media outlets that serve those populations. This is one very small step forward in that process."

"I think this web site effort is a gesture of good will by NASA to reach out to the people who speak other languages and who also are extremely interested in NASA work," said Elena Kozak, who authored the ‘Amesnoticias’ web page. "I am thrilled to be a participant in this important activity."

Ames also recently started a Spanish-language e-mail subscription service, ‘Ames-noticias,’ which distributes Ames news releases in Spanish to subscribers. People may subscribe or remove their e-mail addresses from the system through their own independent actions.

To receive Ames news releases in Spanish via e-mail, send an electronic mail message with the word ‘subscribe’ (without quotations) in the subject line to: ames-noticias-request@lists.arc.nasa.gov. To unsubscribe, send an e-mail to the same address with ‘unsubscribe’ in the subject line.

NASA Ames is the agency’s Center of Excellence for Information Technology (IT). IT is a key, enabling technology with respect to nearly all current and future NASA missions. Ames also conducts research in a large number of areas, including astrobiology; life, Earth and space sciences; and aviation systems, safety and capacity.

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