NASA Bringing Space Closer to Home

WASHINGTON (06/05/2000) - NASA has partnered with a startup venture to produce a digital gallery of photos and video clips, create a space Web portal and produce documentaries and TV content from NASA's sound and video resources.

The public/private partnership between NASA and Dreamtime Holdings Inc., announced Friday at NASA's Ames Research Center, is designed to provide unprecedented public access to space exploration through multimedia.

The company and its partners also will install high-definition TV cameras and equipment at NASA centers and on the International Space Station to enable scientists and the public to view experiments. The cameras also will enhance the safety of space station operations by allowing medical experts on the ground to assist astronauts in emergencies.

Content will be accessible via the Internet, wireless devices, TV and interactive TV devices.

Dreamtime's partners include Hollywood's Endeavor Agency, Excite@Home Inc., Lockheed Martin Corp., Sumitomo Bank and OmniCom.

One of the goals is to bring digital video of space experiments to classrooms live on TV and the Internet.

"We are now crossing the digital divide and we are taking the next giant leap," said Nancy Conrad, the first member of Dreamtime's board of directors and widow of astronaut Pete Conrad, who flew on the Gemini 5, Gemini 11 and Apollo 12 missions.

Pete Conrad later started companies such as Universal Space Network and Universal Space Lines to commercialize space operations and transportation to space. The deal to commercialize NASA's space station activities and archives is in keeping with that vision, Nancy Conrad said.

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