NASA Receives Nine 2023 Webby Award Nominations

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The last time NASA sent a spacecraft to the Moon that was built to carry people, the internet didn’t exist. Its predecessor was a small network that connected a handful of servers at universities and military bases. That was 1972, and the system had only just developed the capability to send what people were calling “e-mail.” Fifty years later, NASA took the world’s online population to the Moon virtually as the Artemis I mission sent the Orion spacecraft around the Moon in preparation for landing humans there later this decade.

The internet also watched unfolding (literally) developments as members of the James Webb Space Telescope deployed the spacecraft’s components before starting to gather images, which, when they arrived, provided a look back in time 13 billion years. Throughout the year, NASA’s social media spread the news about all of the agency’s programs and people across a variety of platforms that encompassed all forms of digital media: text, imagery, video, audio, and augmented reality.

NASA Nominees for Webby Awards

NASA Honorees

Two other NASA properties were Webby honorees, which are recognized for their excellence but are not eligible for awards.

NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration Program was honored for its approach to accessible technology, and the James Webb Space Telescope’s social media program was also honored in the general social category.

The Webby Awards are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences which “recognizes excellence in digital creativity, establishing best practices on a yearly basis – continually pushing the standards of web development higher,” according to its website.

See the full list of past NASA Webby Award winners and nominees.