Office of Public Affairs
The NASA Office of Public Affairs is tasked with media and public relations. Its mission is to "provide for the widest practicable and appropriate dissemination of information to the media and general public concerning NASA activities and results". The function was created in the National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958. Services include: advising the NASA Administrator on issues concerning communications as well as public and media relations, policy guidance, advice, and consultation to Headquarters as well as Field Installations on public affairs issues, coordination of resources to news media and the public, maintaining communication channels to the news media and the general public.
The most recognizable face and function of the office is NASA TV and the website. The Public Affairs Officer at the Kennedy Space Center is also familiar to many as they serve as the voice of NASA during launches providing commentary during countdowns.
- George Diller, Public Affairs Officer during the later half of the Space Shuttle program
- Jack King, "Voice of Apollo", Public Affairs Officer during projects Mercury, Gemini and Apollo.
- "Public Affairs' Functional Role, Mission, and Relationship to the NASA Strategic Plan" (PDF). NASA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2004-11-17.