Explore Tech: Using Lasers to Communicate from Space
Monday 08/16/2021
7:30 pm ET
FREE 1-hour Webinar
Educators in Grades K-12
Join the NASA STEM Engagement and Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University and the Laser Communication Relay Demonstration (LCRD) project for a free one-hour webinar!
Learn more about how NASA will use lasers to communicate information to and from space. Located 22,000 miles away from Earth aboard a U.S. Department of Defense satellite, LCRD will display the benefits of laser communications. Unlike most NASA missions, which use radio waves, laser communications uses infrared light to send information collected in space to scientists on Earth.

LCRD will spend two years conducting experiments to test laser communications capabilities, which will help NASA learn and innovate future solutions. After this initial phase, LCRD will start to support missions in space, like a terminal aboard the International Space Station!

For more resources and activities, including coloring pages, posters, bookmarks, virtual backgrounds, and STEM activities, visit go.nasa.gov/LaserCommSTEMResources


Barbie Buckner is a 20+ year STEM classroom teacher with a Doctorate’s Degree in Mathematics Education from the University of Louisville. Her research interest included the impact of technology on student achievement and teacher behavior. Buckner recently served as a 2013-14 Einstein Fellow at the National Science Foundation Education and Human Resources Directorate where she collaborated with colleagues on learning, learning environments, boarding participating and workforce development. Barbie sees education as her calling and has spent her life sharing her love for learning with everyone around her. Knowing that today’s student will compete in a global economy, Barbie says that “It is imperative that today’s students are prepared with consistent rigorous and relevant standards that produce more STEM majors, particularly women, to keep this great nation at the forefront in technology, innovation, and advancement.”

Jimmy Acevedo is a three-time Goddard intern who started his journey to NASA through high-altitude ballooning while a community college student. His diverse background in video game development, K-12 education, and NASA engineering informs the design of the physics-focused outreach activities he designs for students. He manages an intern program for the Exploration and Space Communications projects division out of Goddard Space Flight Center, and takes every opportunity to tinker with electronics, educational toys, interestingly-shaped scrap metal, and his beehives.