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Petition against the closure of NASA Media Resource Center

18.12.2014

The Media Resource Center of the NASA Johnson Space Center has closed due to limited resources. Filmmakers are now encouraging colleagues to sign a petition against the closure, as it will mean limited access to high quality film material from the NASA archives.

The Media Resource Center of NASA provided a centralized location for access to thousands of images and videos available to news media, production companies and professional organizations. This collection covers NASA's many space programs including historical, current and upcoming space shuttle launches as well as International Space Station missions. 

Thousands of hours of unedited footage of the historic mission films and TV-broadcasts are archived at MDC. Filmmakers and other professionals did not pay any license fee or copying fee for getting this footage. Three archivists with an indispensable knowledge about the space missions over decades had been responsible for advice and the delivery of the content. Nowhere else in the world you will get the NASA archive films for free.

In an announcement the NASA Johnson Center states: NASA imagery and communication specialists will continue to identify and publish the best multimedia products available with contextual background and detailed captioning. However, specialized customer service will be limited and JSC’s video loan service will cease.

In order to reverse the decision of the closure of the archive, which is an indispensable resource for all documentary filmmakers, journalists, teachers, students and many more and sign the petition available via this link.