WASHINGTON — NASA Television and NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., will receive special recognition from the Nashville/Midsouth Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on Saturday, Jan. 24.

During the 23rd Annual Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards in Nashville, Tenn., NASA TV and Marshall will be honored with the Governor’s Award for Lifetime Achievement. The award recognizes the 50th anniversary of NASA and NASA TV’s broadcast, technology and engineering excellence.

“NASA Television provides vital mission support and is a powerful communications and education tool that informs the media, the American public, and our work force,” said Bob Jacobs, acting assistant administrator for public affairs at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “This recognition is deeply appreciated by everyone involved with NASA TV. Their hard work and creativity allow us to bring the results of the agency’s exploration efforts to the world.”

The program will air live on NASA TV and the agency’s Web site Jan. 24 at 9 p.m. EST. Congressman Bart Gordon, who chairs the Committee on Science and Technology in the U.S. House of Representatives, and former astronaut Rick Chappell of Vanderbilt University’s Dyer Observatory, will present the Emmy.

The program also will include remarks from Expedition 18 Commander Michael Fincke, who is currently living aboard the International Space Station, and a special video presentation outlining the history of NASA TV and its many audiences.

“As the ‘wizards behind the curtain,’ it is nice to be recognized for the improvements to NASA TV,” said Rodney Grubbs, NASA’s digital television program manager at Marshall. “All of the producers and engineers are proud of their roles and excited about the future of high definition television and other emerging communications technologies.”

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is a non-profit, professional organization dedicated to fostering excellence in television. The academy has 19 chapters with 15,000 members nationwide. The Nashville/Midsouth Chapter includes North Carolina, Tennessee and northern Alabama.

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