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Sallie A. Keith
Media Relations Office

September 14, 2005
RELEASE : 05-034
NASA Glenn Research Center Educational Program Nominated for Regional Emmy Award
NASA's Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, has been nominated by the National Academy of Television Arts and Science (NATAS), Cleveland Chapter, for television's highest honor, the Emmy Award, for the January 2004 production of "Mars: The Next Giant Leap". The awards will be presented September 17 in Cleveland.

The Emmy nomination is in the Technical Achievement category which recognizes excellence in the creation of new technology or the outstanding use of existing technology in a one-time only broadcast or unusual circumstance.

"Mars: The Next Giant Leap", was a live event created and produced by Glenn's Educational Programs Office. The program seamlessly integrated cutting edge videoconferencing and webcasting technologies with current broadcast technologies to create a unique learning environment. A virtual studio audience of school students, including a class from the New Mexico School for the Deaf, was created and brought face to face with some of the world's leading Mars experts. The event was originally webcast, then broadcast on a tape-delayed basis.

The team that coordinated the program included Jo Ann Charleston, Chief, Educational Programs Office; Carol Galica, Program Manager; Rick Gilmore, Host; Robert Azzardi, Production Manager; Jim Firak, Engineer; Dennis Brown, Director; Melissa Mongalier, Videoconferencing Coordinator and Robert LaSalvia, Producer.

The Cleveland Chapter of the National Academy of Television includes television stations in Cleveland, Youngstown, Akron/Canton, and Toledo, Ohio; Bloomington, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Muncie and West Lafayette, Ind.; and Erie, Pa.


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