family selected as 3rd place winner in national video contest
Coalition for Space Exploration and the NASA Visitor Center Consortium
successfully complete first collaborative outreach effort
credit: Meredith Keith
Paddock Family of Dearborn, Mich. took home third place
honors in the “Why Space Matters to the Future”
national video contest.
The Coalition for Space Exploration (Coalition) and the
NASA Visitor Center Consortium are pleased to announce the winners
of the “Why Space Matters to the Future” video contest:
Addie Augsburger, Clyzzel Samson, and Elizabeth Paddock. The winning
entries were selected for both their creative demonstrations of
the importance of space exploration and their unique visions for
the future if the boundaries of space continue to expand.
“As a lead of the NASA Visitor Center Consortium, I'm pleased
that our collaboration with the Coalition was able to help demonstrate
public interest in space exploration,” said Mike Kincaid,
Director of External Relations for Johnson Space Center. “Partnerships
like these are valuable to spreading the word about NASA’s
missions and I look forward to all of us working together again
in the future.”
In her first place winning video, Augsburger uses a hand-drawn
storyboard concept to inform viewers of the many benefits derived
from the U.S. space program. She shows how continued exploration
can provide a platform for research that cannot be done on Earth
which could reveal new discoveries, and potentially lead to the
colonization of other planets.
Samson, who takes second place, uses her narrative to describe
how space exploration has given us “heroes” who have
inspired us to reach beyond our current limitations of exploration.
She emphasizes that space exploration is a human enterprise, not
limited to one nationality, gender or economic status. The video
also encourages viewers to invest in future generations.
In third place, Paddock showcases her 3-year-old twin boys, who
have been avid space fans since they were 18 months old. Through
vivid imagery, Paddock describes how the exploration of space
has brought several countries – and brothers – together
through effective teamwork, and how it has provided mankind with
many benefits. The twins, looking through a large telescope, ask
their father: “Can we go to the Moon?” and “Can
we go to Mars?”
“The Coalition thanks all who participated in this contest
and values the strong entries submitted by people across the country,”
said George Torres, chairman of the Coalition. “We also
thank NASA and the NASA Visitor Center Consortium for their collaboration
which enabled us to expand our reach significantly. We hope to
continue to grow the public’s interest in the future of
space exploration through more collaborative outreach efforts
in the future.”
Entrants were encouraged to share their vision of why exploring
space matters to the future, while considering the following:
has space affected, influenced or inspired you?
are the values and benefits of space exploration?
should we continue to explore space?
Coalition for Space Exploration:
for Space Exploration is a group of space industry businesses
and advocacy groups that collaborates to ensure that the U.S.
remains the leader in space, science and technology by reinforcing
the value and benefits of space exploration with the public and
our nation’s leaders, and building lasting support for a
long-term, sustainable strategic direction for space exploration.
About the NASA Visitor Center’s Consortium:
centers all support NASA’s mission and goals of maintaining
the integrity of NASA’s memorable past, present and future;
increase public interest in math and science careers through educational
and mentoring programs as well as promoting the extensive benefits
of space exploration.
The Coalition for Space Exploration / NASA Visitor Center’s
"Why Space Matters 3rd Place - The Paddock Family"
"Why Space Matters 2nd Place - Clyzzel Ann Samson"
"Why Space Matters 1st Place - Addie Augsburger"