Author Topic: Fan made NASA video going viral (NASA - The Frontier Is Everywhere)  (Read 6212 times)

Online Chris Bergin

About time a pro-NASA video went viral. Over half a million views in a few days.

Wonderful video, using Carl Sagan.



Ironically, the guy who created it did so because he thinks NASA isn't doing enough to promote itself (fair point, as much as they are trying of late):

http://www.boingboing.net/2011/01/15/the-frontier-is-ever.html#Scene_1

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I got frustrated with NASA and made this video. NASA is the most fascinating, adventurous, epic institution ever devised by human beings, and their media sucks. Seriously. None of their brilliant scientists appear to know how to connect with the social media crowd, which is now more important than ever. In fact, NASA is an institution whose funding directly depends on how the public views them.

In NASA's defense, they have embraced social media. I guess my point is that they don't fully understand how to best use it. In all of their brilliance, NASA seems to have forgotten to share their hopes and dreams in a way the public can relate to, leaving one of humanity's grandest projects with terrible PR and massive funding cuts.

Honestly think this could be the first pro-NASA (what NASA is about, in basic form) video to go viral.

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Amazing video.  That deserves all the views it gets.  I can't think of anything else to say to that.

While we (Max-Q) do a promo for one specific part of NASA, this embraces the program as a whole - as we should all see it.

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GET IT OUT THERE !!! PLEASE !!! WOW !!
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Now 600,000 views.

Notice how the highest rated comment is:

"thumbs up if you agree we need to fund NASA and science more"

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I swear, I can't watch a Carl Sagan video on youtube without getting choked up.

Watched this one for the 1st time with my daughter sitting on my lap, I had to leave the room.
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The offshore windfarm shown in the video is the Horns Rev windfarm.  A most amazing picture of it can be found at the link below.  This is a condition called "sea smoke" where the air is stable and super-saturated and the pressure disturbance of the wind turbine wakes causes the vapor to condense.  For scale, the turbines are 80 meters in diameter and 70 meters tall at the hub (center of rotation).

http://www.ict-aeolus.eu/images/horns_rev.jpg
« Last Edit: 01/16/2011 02:54 pm by Lee Jay »

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Great video!  It made me think. 

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Amazing video.

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Great video. I liked his use of Shuttle :)

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That video is excellent of course, and proves one thing to me: Emotion and spirit are the drivers of HSF.  These things are not scientific.  But also, the video doesn't belong here anyway.  Andy mentioned that the comment associated with the video link was problematical.  People have "pre-decisional notions about HSF anyway.  The narrator preaches to the choir; a comment from the video:

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Thumbs up if you agree we need to fund NASA and science more

And, what if you don't agree?
Sometimes I just flat out don't get it.

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Thumbs up if you agree we need to fund NASA and science more

And, what if you don't agree?

Polls & stats have a place...
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Wow, how awesome, and timely in a personal way.  My wife and I had lunch in the shadow of the Gemini 8 meter scope last week (the observatory dome shown towards the end of the video).  Being at that place of profound discovery moved me to tears.  I'll be sharing the video with everyone I know...

Here's what I wrote about that day:
Mauna Kea:
We were really blessed and fortunate the past week, especially with
mountain weather. It stormed and snowed for several days preceding our
visit, such that the access road to the summit of Mauna Kea (13,796')
was closed.
Patience paid and we got up there Sunday.  It was profoundly
powerful--this is one of the most special places on the planet--not
just because it is a mighty volcano nearly three miles high, and
surrounded by ocean for thousands of miles in all directions.  This is
a place of discovery, imagination and creativity that is the best
humans can offer.  The ultimate questions of who we are, where we come
from and where we're going are asked and answered on this sacred
mountain.  The observatory/telescope buildings represent hundreds of
millions of dollars, and tens of thousands of hours, and they exist
not for profit, but for
enrichment.
« Last Edit: 01/20/2011 10:26 pm by PahTo »

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Great video and a very respectful use of Shuttle.

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If you haven't seen the Symphony of science series of videos, I highly recommend it. 

Heres the mars one =)



Not NASA specific, but lots of love for science & space exploration. 


About time a pro-NASA video went viral. Over half a million views in a few days.

Wonderful video, using Carl Sagan.
...

Honestly think this could be the first pro-NASA (what NASA is about, in basic form) video to go viral.
« Last Edit: 01/24/2011 07:45 pm by agenttokyo »

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Will definitely show this to my wife and kids.  This speaks to what we are capable of, what we as humans should aspire to....  Every student, teacher, pastor, priest
and politician should watch this.  Trivializes so much of the crap in society that we waste time worrying about.  Let's spend some capital (monetary and mental) on what advances us as humans...

Andy
Exploration will endure...

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