NASA bringing space closer to home
- By Paula Shaki Trimble
- Jun 05, 2000
NASA has partnered with a start-up venture to produce a digital gallery
of photos and video clips, create a space Web portal and produce documentaries
and TV content from NASA's sound and video resources.
The public/private partnership between NASA and Dreamtime Holdings Inc.,
announced Friday at NASA's Ames Research Center, is designed to provide
unprecedented public access to space exploration through multimedia.
The company and its partners also will install high-definition TV cameras
and equipment at NASA centers and on the International Space Station to
enable scientists and the public to view experiments. The cameras also will
enhance the safety of space station operations by allowing medical experts
on the ground to assist astronauts in emergencies.
Content will be accessible via the Internet, wireless devices, TV and
interactive TV devices.
Dreamtime's partners include Hollywood's Endeavor Agency, Excite@Home,
Lockheed Martin Corp., Sumitomo Bank and OmniCom.
One of the goals is to bring digital video of space experiments to classrooms
live on TV and the Internet.
"We are now crossing the digital divide and we are taking the next giant
leap," said Nancy Conrad, the first member of Dreamtime's board of directors
and widow of astronaut Pete Conrad, who flew on the Gemini 5, Gemini 11
and Apollo 12 missions.
Pete Conrad later started companies such as Universal Space Network
and Universal Space Lines to commercialize space operations and transportation
to space. The deal to commercialize NASA's space station activities and
archives is in keeping with that vision, Nancy Conrad said.