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Bob Jacobs/Brian Dunbar
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December 21, 2005
RELEASE : 05-551
'NASAcast' Provides Audio and Video for the Portable Digital Age
You no longer have to be seated in front of a TV or computer to get NASA news and information. You can take the latest NASA discoveries and developments with you, whether you're running errands or making your daily commute.

The new free service is called NASAcast. It allows subscribers to download NASA features, news and other content as part of a new free podcast service.

Podcasting is the latest on-the-go technology that gives users the freedom to listen to or watch news and other programs anywhere, anytime. Podcasts are digital audio and video files automatically downloaded to personal computers and transferred to an iPod or similar player. Just like a magazine subscription, a podcast delivers new information directly to you. When you subscribe, your podcast software automatically searches for new content.

"These emerging on-demand technologies are changing the way people stay informed about the world around them," said David Mould, assistant administrator for Public Affairs at NASA Headquarters. "We're committed to making information about space exploration more accessible to audiences that may not normally get a chance to experience the exciting things we do."

Agency selections include the features from NASA's Web site,; "This Week@NASA" from NASA TV; interviews with Stardust and Mars Exploration Rover scientists; and an interview and concert clips from former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney's historic live hook-up to the International Space Station.

All the latest NASAcast audio and video will automatically get downloaded. Subscribers can choose to listen or view the content at their computer or download it to a portable digital device for later use. Detailed information about how to use this new free service is available on the Web at:


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