Through a competitive application process hosted by NASA, Gail Borden Public Library was able to host a NASA In-flight Educational Downlink. Young people from our library were able to ask questions via video conference to NASA Astronaut Jeff Williams while he was aboard the International Space Station (ISS) on June 30, 2016.
The chat was streamed live in a variety of channels: NASA TV, NASA's website, the library's YouTube Channel and the library's Facebook page using Facebook Live. In addition to NASA's channels, more than 4,000 people engaged with this event through the library's social media. Over 230 people watched the event live in our building.
This program was offered as part of Discover Space: A Cosmic Journey, a traveling exhibition offered by the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in collaboration with the Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning, the Lunar and Planetary Institute and the Afterschool Alliance. Gail Borden Public Library was one of eight libraries selected to host the exhibition.
An Illinois community gets an out-of-this world opportunity to ask questions of a NASA astronaut.