International Aeronautical and Space Activities
Space and Public Diplomacy Abroad
In support of its mission to inform foreign publics about official U.S. foreign and domestic initiatives, the U.S. Information Agency (USIA) continued to provide a variety of television programs, electronically delivered texts and articles, and radio broadcasts about U.S. space and aeronautics activities. USIA's more than 200 posts in 147 countries distributed these products to local media and provided public affairs support. As in previous years, Voice of America (VOA) radio broadcasts, Worldnet television's Newsfile reports, and the Wireless File print service provided coverage in multiple languages of Shuttle missions and other NASA programs.
U.S.-Russian cooperation was an important focus for USIA programs in FY 1995. Listeners throughout the world tuned into VOA's live coverage of the Atlantis docking with the Mir space station in June 1995, while television stations rebroadcast more than 30 Newsfile reports on the mission and its implications. USIA's Information Bureau produced a brochure on U.S.-Russia space cooperation for distribution at the Moscow summit in June 1995, in addition to detailed background articles on the U.S.-Russian space agreement and efforts to build the International Space Station.
USIA programs also demonstrated to foreign audiences the tangible benefits of U.S. space technology, from NASA contributions to biomedical research to data about the Earth's atmosphere gathered by the Perseus project and the use of Shuttle radar to locate an ancient Cambodian city. In September 1995, Worldnet began broadcasting two multipart series on the space program. "Lift-Off to Learning" uses Shuttle missions and astronauts to discuss the basics of space flight, spin-off technologies, and other issues. "Exploring the World Beyond" is a 10-part series on various NASA programs, from Apollo to the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite.
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Last Updated: September 5, 1996
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