In addition to the Webby Awards, which are selected by members of the Academy, the winners of the People’s Voice Awards are determined by public vote. Five NASA projects have received the honor of winning the People’s Voice Awards:
- NASA Social Media: Building a Community of Explorers – With millions of followers, NASA’s flagship social media accounts provide the agency with a collective audience that spans platforms and diverse groups of people. This is the program’s fourth People’s Voice Award, and they have also won four Webby Awards. NASA Communications Office (People’s Voice Award winner for Best Overall Social Presence – Brand)
- NASA’s Global Climate Change – Also chosen for a Webby award, this JPL-run site tracks real-time data on the Earth’s changing climate. NASA/JPL/Caltech (People’s Voice Award Winner for Websites and Mobiles – Sustainability and Environment)
- NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Virtual Tour – Takes visitors through the 168-acre laboratory, including mission control, spacecraft assembly clean rooms, and the Mars Yard. Each location is integrated with dozens of points of interest, including videos, fun facts, and pictures. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (People’s Voice Award winner for Virtual & Remote – General: Science & Education)
- NASA’s Curious Universe: James Webb Mini-Series – This four-part narrative podcast mini-series explores the science, engineering, people, and launch of the James Webb Space Telescope. NASA Audio (People’s Voice Award winner for podcasts – limited series and specials: health, science and education)
- First Woman – NASA’s Promise For Humanity – Also shortlisted for a Webby Award for Best Integrated Mobile Experience, this 40-page graphic novel about the fictional first woman to explore the Moon shines a light on the NASA technologies that make exploration possible . NASA/National Aerospace Institute Space Technology Mission Directorate (People’s Voice Award Winner for Best Integrated Mobile Experience)
NASA also made substantial contributions to National Geographic’s Mars Rover Augmented Reality Experience with NASA, which won a People’s Voice award for best use of filters/lenses.
This is Webby’s second win for NASA’s Solar System Exploration website, which has also won three People’s Voice awards in previous years. NASA’s Global Climate Change website has won a total of three Webby Awards and four People’s Voice Awards. Overall, NASA projects have won 26 Webby Awards and 42 People’s Voice Awards since the competition’s inception in 1998.
Other NASA nominees
Overall, NASA projects have been nominated for eight Webby Awards this year. Other agency nominees included:
- NASA’s Curious Universe: A Day in Space – This special episode features sound recordings and personal reflections collected by astronauts aboard the International Space Station. NASA Audio (Nominated for Podcasts – Individual Episodes: Science and Education)
- ‘Snacktime with NASA’ – This video series takes viewers on a delicious tour of NASA’s role in agriculture here on Earth and in space, with recipes bringing space food to your plate. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (Nominated for Social Content Series and Campaigns: Education and Discovery)
Four other NASA properties were chosen as winners in six categories. Webby winners are recognized for excellence but are not eligible for the Webby Award or the People’s Voice Award.
- NASA Astromaterials 3D – A virtual library for exploring and researching NASA’s space rock collections. NASA Johnson Space Center (Honored Selection for Websites and Mobiles – Features and Design: Best Data Visualization)
- NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration Social – In search of planets and life beyond our solar system. NASA/JPL/Caltech (honored selection for General Social: Education & Discovery)
- NASA’s #SolarTour: a journey to touch the sun – NASA’s #SolarTour took our audience on a journey from Earth to the Sun, culminating with the announcement that the Parker Solar Probe had finally ‘touched down’ the Sun. NASA/ADNET Systems Inc. (Honored Selection for Social – Social Content Series and Campaigns: Education and Discovery, and Best Social Campaign)
- We asked NASA scientists and astronauts “What’s your favorite Hubble image?” – NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center (honored selection for Social – Social Video: Education & Discovery, and Video – General Video: Science & Education)
NASA also made substantial contributions to two other award-winning selections:
- The Lego “Build to Launch” series, which Lego Education worked on with NASA (People’s Voice winner for the Virtual and Remote Health & Science series)
- Google’s “A Mars Rover Looks Back” (Webby Winner and Voice of the People Winner for Video – Branded Entertainment – Music and Voice of the People Award for Social Video)
About the Webbys
The Webbys are an annual competition organized and presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. According to its website, last year’s Webby Awards received nearly 13,500 nominations from nearly all 50 states and 70 countries around the world.
Winners in each category will be honored at an awards ceremony to be held in New York City on May 16, 2022.
See the full list of past NASA Webby Award winners and nominees.