What is NASA+?
On July 27, 2023, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of the United States announced that it is launching NASA+ later this year.
NASA+ is an ad-free, no-cost, and family-friendly streaming service that will give users access to the agency’s Emmy Award-winning live coverage and views into its past and ongoing missions through collections of original video series, including a handful of new series that are launching with the platform.
“We’re putting space on demand and at your fingertips with NASA’s new streaming platform,” said Marc Etkind, associate administrator, Office of Communications, NASA Headquarters, in a press release. “Transforming our digital presence will help us better tell the stories of how NASA explores the unknown in air and space, inspires through discovery, and innovates for the benefit of humanity.”
Where will NASA+ be available?
NASA+ will be available on most major platforms via the NASA App on iOS and Android devices. It will also be available on streaming media players such as Roku, Apple TV, and Fire TV; and on the web across desktop and mobile devices.
The upgrading of NASA’s digital platform
The upcoming launch of NASA+ is part of the agency’s efforts to elevate its digital platforms. In addition to preparation for the NASA+ launch, NASA is also in the process of revamping its flagship and science websites and upgrading the NASA app.
NASA’s newly improved digital platforms will serve as an ever-expanding yet consolidated homebase for information about the agency’s missions and research, climate data, Artemis updates, and more. According to a press release, the updated nasa.gov and science.nasa.gov websites will provide a connected, topic-driven experience, with a common search engine, integrated navigation, and optimized publishing capabilities in a modernized and secure set of web tools.
Fans can access the early, in-progress preview of the beta website now at https://beta.nasa.gov/ and are encouraged to submit feedback. NASA will continue to update and improve the site on a rolling basis as it receives feedback from website visitors. Once fully launched, the online content from a selection of popular agency websites will be included within this new experience to ensure easier, integrated access to NASA information currently found across the agency’s many websites.
“Our vision is to inspire humanity through a unified, world-class NASA web experience,” said Jeff Seaton, chief information officer at the agency’s headquarters in Washington. “NASA’s legacy footprint presents an opportunity to dramatically improve the user experience for the public we serve. Modernizing our main websites from a technology standpoint and streamlining how the public engages with our content online are critical first steps in making our agency’s information more accessible, discoverable, and secure.”
What is NASA?
NASA is the civilian space agency of the United States of America. NASA was founded on October 1, 1958, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
The agency’s mission is to “pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery, and aeronautics research.” NASA has accomplished many amazing things over the years, including sending humans to the moon, launching the Hubble Space Telescope, and developing the Space Shuttle. The agency is also working on a number of exciting new projects, such as the James Webb Space Telescope and the Artemis program.
NASA’s work extends beyond space exploration, as it also conducts research to benefit life on Earth, advance aeronautics, and develop cutting-edge technologies. Through its discoveries and innovations, NASA continues to expand our understanding of the universe and inspire people around the world to dream about the possibilities of space.