NASA 360

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NASA 360
NASA 360 logo
Genre Educational
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 22
External links

NASA 360 is a half-hour vodcast developed by NASA in partnership with the National Institute of Aerospace.[1] The show premiered in August 2008. It has aired on more than 450 TV stations across the country, is available on air and cruise lines, and is consistently one of the top-downloaded programs on the website. It is currently in its tenth season.


NASA 360 is one of four programs in NASA's award-winning eClips[2] suite of web-based shows designed to encourage careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. NASA 360 is written, produced, and edited by Timothy J. Allen, Tom Shortridge, and Scott Bednar; Rebecca Jaramillo is the Senior Educator and Project Coordinator for NASA 360, and Harla Sherwood the Principal Investigator - all of the National Institute of Aerospace.

NASA 360 shows how NASA has changed and continues to change life on Earth by examining how technologies developed by or for NASA are being used in everything from space exploration to everyday consumer products. These include lithium ion batteries,[3] medical innovations,[4] sporting equipment,[5] and automotive and aircraft safety and efficiency,[6] among many more.[7]

NASA 360 is shot on-location at NASA centers across the country, as well as at other relevant sites across the globe. The fifth season marked the revitalization of NASA 360 and features new hosts Caleb Kinchlow and Molly McKinney, B-roll, animations, and interviews conducted with NASA researchers, engineers, and astronauts, as well as with outside sources with expertise relevant to the topics being discussed.

The show is produced for a young adult audience, and stylistically this is accomplished through the use of hand-held cameras, quick edits, and numerous transitions, effects, and filters used in post-production.

NASA 360 was originally created in 2006 by producers Kevin Krigsvold and Michael Bibbo. It was hosted by Johnny Alonso and Jennifer Pulley through 2012. 23 episodes were produced during this period.


In addition to reaching millions of viewers of traditional broadcast on over 450 stations in the U.S., including every major market, NASA 360 also has a strong presence on the internet, including more than 5.4 million Facebook[8] fans. It is also available from numerous outlets, including,[9] iTunes,[10] YouTube,[11] Miro Guide,[12] AOL Video,[13] Red Orbit,[14] and Truveo.[15]

NASA 360 is also available on Hulu along with Hulu Plus has 29 million unique viewers every month.[16]

NASA 360 is an active member of the social networking communities at Twitter and Facebook with more than 103,000 social media followers and fans.

NASA 360's "Backstage" photo gallery[17] averages about 5,000 views per week.

Awards and achievements[edit]

NASA 360 won a Capital Chesapeake Bay Emmy Award on June 15, 2013 for the program, "NASA 360: Robots, Rocks & Rovers."[18] The same episode, which highlights NASA's Sample Return Robot Centennial Challenge also garnered two 2013 Telly awards in the Government and Instructional/Public Outreach categories.[19]

In June 2011, former Director/Editor Michael Bibbo was nominated in the single camera editing category for the National Daytime Emmy Awards.,[20][21]

NASA 360 has won numerous other awards, including four (4) Communicator Awards for overall program and editing, two (2) Omni Awards for overall program and editing, two (2) Davey Awards for overall program and editing, two Marcom Awards, and two Ava Awards,[22] as well as two (2) Videographer awards, four additional (4) Telly awards (including the 30th Anniversary Telly Award for Overall Program and Editing), and two (2) EMPIXX awards.[23]

In 2010, former Director and first camera operator Michael Bibbo and 2nd camera operator, now Producer, Tom Shortridge won the 2nd place award for NASA Videographer of the Year in the production category.[24]

On June 6, 2009, NASA 360 won the Emmy for non-news program editing from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which includes 29 media outlets in Washington D.C., Virginia and Maryland.[25]

NASA 360 has partnered with AMP International to air programs on airlines and cruise lines around the globe.[26] Singapore Airlines, US Air, and Philippines Airlines air NASA 360 as an on-board entertainment option.

As of May 2013, the program had been downloaded nearly 14 million times[27] from the NASA portal.[28]


  1. ^ "National Institute of Aerospace".
  2. ^ "NASA eClips website".
  3. ^ "NASA 360 Season 1 Episode 2".
  4. ^ "NASA 360 Season 1 Episode 7".
  5. ^ "NASA 360 Season 2 Episode 11".
  6. ^ "NASA 360 Season 1 Episode 3".
  7. ^ "Barnstorff, Kathy. NASA 360' Highlights Space Age Spinoffs".
  8. ^ "NASA 360 on Facebook".
  9. ^ "NASA 360 on".
  10. ^ "NASA 360 RSS feed for iTunes".
  11. ^ "NASA 360 on YouTube".
  12. ^ "NASA 360 on Miro Guide".
  13. ^ "NASA 360 on AOL Video".
  14. ^ "NASA 360 on Red Orbit".
  15. ^ "NASA 360 Vodcasts on Truveo".
  16. ^ "Hulu views every month".
  17. ^ "NASA 360 Backstage photo gallery".
  18. ^
  19. ^
  20. ^ "Daytime Emmy Nominations" (PDF).
  21. ^ "Mike Bibbo Center Snapshot".
  22. ^ "NASA 360 Launches Second Season".
  23. ^ "NASA TV Show NASA 360 Garners Emmy and Other Awards".
  24. ^ "2010 NASA Videographer of the Year".
  25. ^ "NASA TV Show NASA 360 Garners Emmy and Other Awards". Reuters. June 10, 2009.
  26. ^ Barnstorff, Kathy; Harla Sherwood (December 3, 2010). "NASA TV Program To Be Available In The Air And On The Seas". NASA. Retrieved 17 October 2011.
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  28. ^ Langley Research Center (March 25, 2011). "NASA 360 Available On Hulu". SpaceRef. SpaceRef Interactive. Retrieved 17 October 2011.

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