National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) (Representational image) | Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) (Representational image) | Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg
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New Delhi: With the coronavirus pandemic forcing people to stay at home, NASA replugged several of its educational activities, do-it-yourself (DIY) projects and podcasts to keep them occupied as part of its #NASAatHome campaign.

In an interactive Twitter thread Wednesday, NASA’s official handle offered to be the “window into the universe” and asked people what they wanted to see.

The ensuing discussion saw the US space agency responding to the queries and requests of multiple users with podcasts, DIY projects, videos and articles.

On the initiative, Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA, said, “We want to be sure that every student, educator and lifelong learner has access to the resources and inspiration of NASA to continue their studies and enrich their ongoing journey.

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NASA’s podcasts and DIY projects

NASA offers several open educational resources in the form of articles, videos and podcasts.

A podcast called ‘NASA Explorers: Apollo’ tells stories about the Moon and the astronauts who explore it.

Another podcast titled, ‘Houston, We have a Podcast’ is on the various manned missions to space and gives details about how the entire process of space travel actually works.

NASA’s YouTube channel offers more than 4,000 videos on everything related to space — including live views of the Earth from space stations.

It also offers several DIY projects to overcome the boredom of quarantine, especially for children. A project titled ‘Apollo Moon capsule craft’ offers step-by-step instructions to make a paper replica of the Apollo capsule, the spaceflight that first landed humans on the moon.

Many laud the initiative 

The #NASAatHome initiative has been lauded by several people on Twitter, with many especially appreciating the interactive nature of their Twitter account.

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