A leading NASA Web site, located at http://Science.NASA.gov, has
earned international recognition, winning Pirelli’s INTERNETional special
section prize for scientific information – an award for the best multimedia
product promoting scientific awareness via the Internet.

The award, given annually by Pirelli S.p.A., an Italian
multinational manufacturer of tires, cables and systems for
telecommunications and energy transmission, was presented Tuesday, April 3,
in a formal ceremony in Rome, Italy.

The award-winning NASA Web site features science, math and space
news. It is one of the Science@NASA family of Web sites operated by NASA’s
Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., and covers a variety of
space-related subjects in simple terms everyone can understand.

The site addresses such questions as what is space weather, what’s
in the heart of a hurricane, whether humans can live on Mars, and what it’s
like to live aboard the International Space Station.

“We are honored to receive this award,” said Ron Koczor, the NASA
manager responsible for the site. “It’s heartening to know our science news
is reaching not only people throughout the United States, but people
throughout the world.”

The family of Web sites that includes http://Science.NASA.gov,
averages more than 45 million hits a month. A Spanish version of this site
is located at:


Approximately 200 people attended the awards ceremony, including the
Italian Prime Minister Giuliano Amato and Marco Tronchetti Provera, chairman
and chief executive officer of Pirelli.

Pirelli launched the awards program in 1995 to identify and promote
excellence in multimedia works that improve knowledge and intelligent
control of science and technology. More information about the Pirelli
Awards can be found at: