NASA is joining in the worldwide launch of the Internet Protocol version 6, which will replace IPv4 as the communication protocol used to direct most traffic on the Internet.
The space agency said it is the first federal agency to support the launch and has enabled dual use of both version 4 and 6 on its main website.
NASA’s 75 other websites are also supported by both IPv4 and IPv6.
According to NASA, IPv6 allows an expansion of the address space and supports more devices that directly connect to the Internet.
The Reston, Va.-based Internet Society organized the IPv6 world launch on June 6 to motivate Internet service providers, hardware makers, and web companies to prepare for and permanently enable IPv6 on their products and services.