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Robert Pearlman

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From: Houston, TX
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posted 09-18-2006 04:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Are you serious about space travel? Or perhaps you're a fanatic for flight? Maybe you're passionate about the planets? Are you eager for exploration?

NASA and WIRED Magazine are teaming up to find -- and reward -- "NASA's Greatest Fan." The agency is holding a video contest, and one deserving winner and guest will receive a free trip to Kennedy Space Center. There, they will be treated as VIPs at an upcoming space shuttle launch.

Video entries should show why their creators deserve the title of "NASA's Greatest Fan." The videos should demonstrate a passion for NASA and its programs, such as human spaceflight, space exploration, aeronautics, and space and Earth science. The videos cannot be longer than 30 seconds, or larger than two megabytes. They must also be appropriate for all audiences. The contest is open to U.S. residents only. Videos that do not meet those requirements will be disqualified. Entrants must be between the ages of 13 and 24.

It's not enough for the videos to be good; they also have to be submitted quickly. The contest opens at 8 a.m. ET on Monday, Sept. 18, 2006, and closes at midnight on Friday, Sept. 22, 2006. Only the first 1500 entries will be accepted.

Nine finalists will be selected by a team of NASA judges, and posted on the NASA Web site for online voting from Sept. 27-30. The video entries of the nine finalists will be featured at WIRED Magazine's NextFest technology showcase at the Javitz Convention Center in New York City from Thursday, Sept. 28-30. Visitors to NextFest will be given the opportunity to vote on-site from the Exploration Pavilion.

Through the partnership with WIRED, the winner and a guest will receive free travel and hotel accommodations for the trip to Florida. They will attend launch briefings and special tours with other VIP guests. The winner and guest will also be able to watch the shuttle launch from an upclose viewing area.

For more information, rules and to enter, click here.

Robert Pearlman

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posted 09-19-2006 08:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The following is an excerpt from an e-mail sent yesterday afternoon to NASA Headquarters:
I love the idea behind this. I was very disappointed to read that:

(a) it was U.S. citizens only
(b) it was 13-24 year olds only
(c) it was only open for one week

...I run a website that has a readership full of NASA's greatest fans. I could easily imagine many of them submitting videos if it wasn't that they were born in the wrong country and/or in the wrong year...

Given a bit more time, I can only imagine the animated, polished videos NASA could see as entries.

I would hope that in the future this contest (and others like it) could be extended to reach larger audiences.

Leon Ford

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From: Shreveport, LA, United States
Registered: Nov 1999

posted 09-19-2006 09:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Leon Ford   Click Here to Email Leon Ford     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
MTV meets NASA. Am I the only one who thinks this is a silly idea? Next, they will have a contest to get your ideas on what to paint the shuttles.

Dude, NASA rocks!!


[Edited by Leon Ford (September 19, 2006).]


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From: Cincinnati, Ohio, Hamilton
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posted 09-19-2006 09:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lunarrv15   Click Here to Email lunarrv15     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What is WIRED magazine? Why are they wired having this contest? Me think this is their publicity for more readers.

the two greatest fans are here. Robert and Ken H.. They view every launch

Why are they searching for a young person?

Hey Ben, enter the contest. think you within the twenty age zone.

Robert Pearlman

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posted 09-19-2006 10:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Originally posted by lunarrv15:
What is WIRED magazine?
WIRED is a popular magazine that examines how science and technology effects society. They write about NASA and commercial/private space efforts regularly. Last year, they had an article about the market for Russian space memorabilia.

WIRED's NextFest, to be held later this month in New York, is described as their "vision of a new world's fair". NextFest's pavilion on the "The Future of Exploration" is presented in partnership with NASA. The STS-121 crew will also take part in NextFest's opening ceremonies.

(As an aside, Richard Branson is using NextFest to debut his concept for the crew cabin aboard SpaceShipTwo.)

While WIRED's participation is certainly not without its publicity angles, I believe its encouraging to see them involved. NASA needs to embrace more partners like WIRED to reach audiences they might not otherwise.

My primary issues with the contest are that it should have been open to more people for longer than just a week. And while I really like the video contest idea, I could easily see this concept being extended to other mediums including artwork, music, creative writing and even website design... though I might be a tad biased about the latter.


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posted 10-04-2006 04:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman   Click Here to Email spaceman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

follow this link to winning videos



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posted 10-04-2006 08:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ben   Click Here to Email Ben     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Lunarrv15, I missed your post, sorry. I did not enter, but the thought crossed my mind. I didn't know what I would say.

The videos they chose are rather silly in my opinion. I understand some are young, and that's ok, but most are not really creative nor do they show why they are fans.

I think, in my opinion, that NASA somewhat botched what could have been a much better contest and did it in too short a period of time.

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