NASA is abbreviated from National Aeronautics and Space Administration. It is the television service of the United States government agency. It is broadcast from a satellite with a simulcast over the internet. NASA TV airs many regular scheduled, pre-recorded educational and public relations programs 24 hours a day on many channels. This network firstly launched in the early 1980s to provide NASA managers and engineers with real-time video of missions. It  has operated a television service that worked at the beginning of the space program for archival purposes and to provides media outlets with video footage.

NASA Channel broadcasts a large amount of educational programming, and it also provides live coverage of manned missions in which Space Shuttle and International Space Station, robotic missions and international launches are included. In late 2005, the network completed its conversion from analog to digital transmission. Some cable television systems have transmitted in analog to prior U.S. digital television transition.

Owned by NASA
Country United States
Language English
Headquarters Washington, D.C.
Broadcast area North America
Picture format 720p (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Genre Education, Technology

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Channels of NASA TV

NASA TV LiveNASA operates four channels. The public channel of NASA provides 24-hour broadcasting of live and recorded events and documentaries toward the general public. The Second one is Educational Channel; it provides space and science programming for schools, museums and other educational institutions. Third is Media Channel that broadcast news organizations and other members of the press, interviews, mission press conferences and other services. The final is Space Operations Channel. It is an internet encrypted feed for NASA. A high definition feed of the Public Channel Launched on July 19, 2010.

Variety of Programming

NASA TV offers many kinds of programs. In these programs, NASA Gallery is the most famous program. It has features photographs and video from history. Another one is Video File that broadcasts b-roll footage for news and media outlets. Educational File is the special programs for the school. NASA 360 and NASA Edge telecast programs that focus on different aspects. This Week @NASA is a news program that gives us headlines around the country.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission prohibited it by local satellite and cable providers within Canada. CRTC made a rule that a cable or satellite provider had to offer a minimum amount of programming from companies owned by Canadians.

Streaming Media

NASA has collaboration with external companies to provide streaming services for internet viewers. Most of the streaming is available with technology and with the popularity of formats in which Real Media, QuickTime, Windows Media, and Flash Video are included. The channel entered into an agreement with Yahoo and Akamai Technologies in July 2005. It offers streaming services for NASA TV of the STS-114 mission. After this in 2011, It entered negotiations with UStream. It provides high definition streaming of Television and cameras abroad the International Space Station. Other programs and events are archived through the YouTube Channel.


It has won two Emmy Awards on 2009. The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded on January 24. On the 50th NASA’s anniversary the Marshall Space Flight Center Awarded. NASA TV awarded a national Primetime Emmy Award on August 22.


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