Today the NASA Universe launched on SlideShare, the same day as the final voyage of the Endeavor Space Shuttle. The NASA Universe provides presentations, documents and videos shared directly by NASA Headquarters and its ten field centers, in an integrated experience with activity from other social networking sites.
“NASA always is on the lookout for new ways we can engage people in their space exploration program,” said NASA Social Media Manager Stephanie Schierholz. ”SlideShare provides us another great way to share our content in new ways and new places with the goal of inspiring and interesting people in the universe.”
NASA social media activities were presaged by the National Aeronautics and Space Act:
“The Administration, in order to carry out the purpose of this Act, shall— – (3) provide for the widest practicable and appropriate dissemination of information concerning its activities and the results thereof.”
Consistent with this mission, the NASA Universe provides this rich media to the world’s largest professional sharing community. Content is easily shared and embedded across other social networks and social media.
NASA Universe is a SlideShare Network, which provides large organizations a rich, branded and distributed social media presence. At launch, the network includes Channels from the Ames, Dryden, Glenn, Goddard, Johnson, JPL, Kennedy, Langley, Marshall and Stennis field centers. As well as Channels on NASA Technology, and the NASA Open Source Summit event.