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Space Foundation Launches Hot New Website

02/06/2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 6, 2012) - The Space Foundation last week launched a new website - http://www.spacefoundation.org - that provides an easy-to-navigate, comprehensive view of how the Space Foundation advances space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity.

Features include:

  • Comprehensive, easy-to-find information on Space Foundation programs and initiatives
  • More than 2,400 pages of upcoming events, news briefs, press releases, the Space Watch e-newsletter, white papers, news from Space Foundation partners and more 
  • Colorful photo galleries and videos 
  • Lots of downloadable program overviews and fact sheets 
  • A wide array of free resources for teachers and students 
  • Enhanced Space Foundation Indexes that provide daily updates on space industry market performance 
  • Features that let browsers share, bookmark, connect to links, access social media sites and provide feedback  
  • Stunning and colorful design that includes continually updated images of the sun from Images from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) 
  • Clear information on how to find and contact the Space Foundation

The new site was developed entirely in-house by the Space Foundation Marketing team. Web Developers/Designers Luciana Mendes and Christopher Stevens are the lead architects, supported by Marketing Director Nancy Reed and Marketing Project Manager Julie Howell. The website is powered by an open-source content management platform called Drupal that supports millions of websites including www.whitehouse.gov, www.grammy.com and www.energy.gov. The Space Foundation site will be continually updated with additional features and information.

About the Solar Images
The website features a continually updated image of the sun provided by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) in the header background on our home page. The featured image is a very high resolution image of the sun taken by SDO's Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) and refreshed every hour.

SDO is a truck-sized satellite orbiting Earth, observing the sun with three suites of instruments at all times. The AIA takes images of the sun at various wavelengths. The Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager (HMI) captures magnetograms, intensitygrams and doplergrams. And, the Extreme ultraviolet Variability Experiment (EVE) hosts a pinhole X-ray imager and other instruments that collect a wide range of in-depth data. SDO was launched Feb. 11, 2010.

About the Space Foundation
The foremost advocate for all sectors of the space industry and an expert in all aspects of space, the Space Foundation is a global, nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs that bring space into the classroom and major industry events, including the National Space Symposium, all in support of its mission "to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity." The Space Foundation publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity and provides three indexes that track daily performance of the space industry. Through its Space Certification and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, the Space Foundation recognizes space-based technologies and innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. Founded in 1983 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, the Space Foundation conducts research and analysis and government affairs activities from its Washington, D.C., office and has a field office in Houston, Texas. For more information, visit www.SpaceFoundation.org. Follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, and read about the latest space news and Space Foundation activities in Space Watch.

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