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Aug. 1, 2002


Ann Hutchison                                                                                               

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

Phone: 650/604-3039 or 650/604-9000       



NASA today initiated a new service designed to extend its reach and share the agency’s mission of discovery with more people around the world. The agency now provides Russian-language translations of select NASA news and information.

The new service, provided by NASA Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley, is called Ames-novosti, ‘novosti’ being the Russian word for ‘news.’ It delivers a variety of NASA news and media-related products to Russian-speaking reporters, educators and members of the general public who sign up for the free electronic service. People can subscribe or unsubscribe from the system through their own Internet e-mail providers.

“NASA plays an important role in helping to unravel the mysteries of the universe and our entire home planet,” said Glenn Mahone, Assistant Administrator of Public Affairs at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “Our vision and missions extend far beyond our borders and we have a responsibility to do whatever we can to breach language barriers so the people of the world can share in our incredible stories of accomplishment.”

Russia is a major partner in the construction of the International Space Station, the largest and most complex scientific cooperative program in the history of exploration, drawing on the resources and scientific expertise of 16 nations.

“Russians have a great interest in space exploration, and a long and accomplished history in space,” said Ames’ Veronika Soukhovitskaya, who did the groundwork for the new outreach effort and provides some of the translation services. “This is an excellent way to reach out to Russians in the United States who typically are very interested in NASA’s space programs.”

“NASA and Ames are breaking new ground in eliminating barriers that prevent access to, and participation in, the nation’s space and aeronautics programs by all of our citizens,” said David Morse, Ames’ public affairs director. “It is a NASA priority to reach out and engage minority and non-traditional audiences, and the news outlets that serve those populations. This is another small, but important, forward step in that process.”


"Increasing coverage of NASA programs by ‘minority’ and non-traditional news media proves the interest of the non-English speaking segment of the American public in what NASA does,” said Victoria Steiner, Ames’ minority media outreach program manager.  “Now we can watch reports about the space shuttle on Univision, and read articles about nanotechnology research in the Asian America Times. The next logical step would be to expand the program even further, and that is exactly what we are doing here at NASA Ames.”

To receive select NASA news releases in Russian via e-mail, send an electronic mail message with the word ‘subscribe’ (no quotations) in the subject line to:     To unsubscribe, send an e-mail to the same address with ‘unsubscribe’ in the subject line. NASA Ames has a similar e-mail self-subscribe distribution list for Spanish-language news releases.

Ames plays an important role in NASA’s information technology research and development, a key, enabling capability with respect to virtually all on-going and future NASA missions. Ames also conducts vital NASA research in astrobiology; life, Earth and space sciences; and in aviation systems, safety and capacity.

Additional information about Ames and some of NASA’s foreign language Web portals is available on the Internet at:




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