May 23, 2012
Alex Trebek Featured In New NASA Video
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Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com
King of trivia Alex Trebek is featured in a new NASA public service announcement that was released on Wednesday.
Trebek says in the announcement that much of the technologies people rely on in our daily lives come from those developed by NASA for space exploration.
NASA Chief Technologist Mason Peck announced the new Trebek video during a NASA-Cleveland "Adopt a City" manufacturing initiative event in Cleveland.
"It's an honor to add Alex Trebek to our list of space technology spinoff supporters," Peck said during the announcement. "As NASA partners today with small manufacturers in Ohio to solve tough technical problems with their products, there's potential for NASA technology to help improve everything from better household fans to stronger ceramics for dentistry."
During the Cleveland event, NASA, the City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County and the Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network (MAGNET) also announced nine small and medium-sized Ohio manufacturers that will receive the space agency's assistance to solve technical problems with products.
NASA said it is committed to providing 400 hours of technical assistance from its science and engineering work force to offer potential solutions to the selected companies for specific technical challenges they are facing with a new or existing product
"NASA technologies work for us here on Earth, solving everyday problems -- saving lives, creating jobs and making our lives better," Peck said at the event.
The City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County are also making $450,000 in low interest rate loans available to the companies to help with costs associated with participation in the program.
Trebek joins other celebrities who have made NASA public service announcement videos, including musicians Will.i.am and Norah Jones, and comedian Stephen Colbert.
During the public service announcements, the celebrities tell audiences how NASA-related technology, or spinoffs, have benefited people on Earth today.
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