Education and Outreach

NASA Television to Air FameLab Astrobiology Finals from Atlanta

By Keith Cowing
April 13, 2012

Young scientists are competing to see who is the best communicator. NASA Television will air the FameLab Astrobiology final competition on Monday, April 16, from 7-9 p.m. EDT, live from the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center in Atlanta. Nichelle Nichols, known for her portrayal of Lt. Uhura in the original “Star Trek” television series, will host the event.

The competition will be webcast at:

Sponsored by NASA’s Astrobiology Program, the event is intended to encourage up-and-coming new scientists to hone their skills in communicating complex scientific concepts. Finalists have three minutes to explain a science topic of their choice to a public audience, using only props they can carry onstage. A panel of science and science communication experts will judge the competition.

Since January, more than 70 early-career astrobiologists have competed in Famelab preliminary competitions in Houston, Denver and Washington. Famelab Astrobiology is an offshoot of International FameLab. It is the first competition in North America. The winner in Atlanta will compete in the International FameLab final competition in the United Kingdom this summer.

For NASA TV streaming video, downlink and scheduling information, visit:

For more information about NASA astrobiology activities, visit:

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