NASA Wins Two Webby Awards for Internet Excellence
The People’s Voice award is the second for NASA’s Web site, which also won in 2003. More than 500,000 people cast votes this year.
“We’re extremely happy to be honored by the Internet community this way,” said
Judges from the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, which sponsors the Webbys, selected the Cassini site for the top honor in the science category.
“The Cassini Web site is the door to the science and technology of the mission to Saturn, contained in hundreds of thousands of pages,” said
NASA’s Web site, which received 120 million visits in 2008, offers the public the latest news, mission coverage and multimedia from the agency’s scientific research, technology development and exploration efforts. Visitors can surf thousands of images from throughout the universe, watch live video from the International Space Station or read more than a dozen blogs written by agency employees.
In the last year, the NASA Web team has expanded its presence into social media, creating an official NASA channel on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/nasatelevision, multiple Twitter feeds led by @NASA, and mission pages on Facebook and MySpace. Since NASA astronaut
NASA’s web team also was among the honorees for Rich Media/Advertising for its multimedia commemoration of NASA’s 50th anniversary, http://www.nasa.gov/50years. The feature, hosted by the robot Automa, includes an interactive news conference with the original Mercury astronauts, music from across the decades and an “appearance” by renowned astronomer