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Hosted byChris Giersch
Blair Allen
Franklin Fitzgerald
Jaqueline Cortez
GenrePublic outreach
DirectionRon Beard[1]
Original releaseMarch 18, 2007 (2007-03-18) – present

NASA EDGE is a video podcast which explores different missions, technologies and projects developed by NASA. The program was released by NASA on March 18, 2007, and as of June 2010, there have been 53 vodcasts produced.

Description[edit | edit source]

NASA EDGE is a public outreach vodcast sponsored by NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate and based out of the Exploration and Space Operations Directorate at Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. NASA EDGE takes an insiders look at current projects and technologies from NASA facilities around the United States, and is depicted through personal interviews, on-scene broadcasts, computer animations, and personal interviews with top scientists and engineers at NASA. The show explores the contributions NASA has made to society as well as the progress of current projects in materials and space exploration. NASA EDGE vodcasts can be downloaded from the NASA website and from iTunes.

Cast and crew[edit | edit source]

  • Chris Giersch - host
  • Blair Allen - co-host and senior producer[2]
  • Franklin Fitzgerald - news anchor and "everyman"
  • Jaqueline Mirielle Cortez - special co-host
  • Ron Beard - director and "set therapist"
  • Don Morrison - audio/video engineer

Reception[edit | edit source]

In its first year of production, the show was downloaded over 450,000 times. As of February 2010, the average download rate is more than 420,000 per month, with over one million downloads in December 2009 and January 2010.[3]

Interactive projects[edit | edit source]

NASA EDGE broadcasting live from White Sands Missile Range in 2010

NASA and the NASA EDGE have developed interactive programs designed to complement the vodcast. The Lunar Electric Rover App allows users to drive a simulated Lunar Electric Rover between objectives, and provides information about and images of the vehicle.[4] The NASA EDGE Widget provides a graphical user interface for accessing NASA EDGE vodcasts, image galleries, and the program's Twitter feed, as well as a live NASA news feed.[5]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Allen, Bob (February 24, 2009). "Set Therapist Ron Beard". Retrieved June 10, 2010. 
  2. Adams, Denise (September 7, 2007). "Center Snapshot – Blair Allen". The Researcher News. Langley Research Center. Retrieved June 10, 2010. 
  3. Lineberry, Denise (February 11, 2010). "Going Where No NASA Show Has Gone Before". The Researcher News. Langley Research Center. Retrieved June 10, 2010. 
  4. Allen, Bob (February 26, 2010). "NASA Lunar Electric Rover App for iPhone and iPod Touch". Retrieved June 9, 2010. 
  5. Allen, Bob (March 23, 2010). "NASA EDGE Widget". Retrieved June 9, 2010. 

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