Discovery, NASA on mission


NASA and Discovery Communications are teaming on a broad media partnership to commemorate the space program's 50th anniversary.

The announcement was made Wednesday in New York at a premiere screening of "In the Shadow of the Moon," a film in which crew members from NASA's Apollo missions tell their story in their own words. Discovery Channel will air the world television premiere of the film in summer 2008.

The partnership will encompass on-air and online components as well as grass-roots activities throughout 2008, including educational workshops and local screenings.

Special programming on Discovery in the spring and summer will celebrate NASA with never-before-seen archival footage. Podcasts and interactive features at Discovery's Web site will enable viewers and users to take a closer look at NASA's history and its plans for the future.

NASA, which was created by the National Aeronautics and Space Act, began operations Oct. 1, 1958.