Wheelock Photo "Moon From Space" Chosen For Real-Time Photo Of
NASA astronaut Doug Wheelock was honored with a Shorty Award for
an image of the
moon he took and posted to his Twitter account, @Astro_Wheels,
while living aboard the International Space Station last year. The
awards ceremony was held at the TimesCenter in New York City on
Monday, March 28. The Shorty Awards honor the people and
organizations producing short-form, real-time social media content.
Winners are determined by a combination of popular vote and members
of the Real-Time Academy of Short Form Arts & Sciences.
(L-R) Tracy Dyson, Doug Wheelock
Wheelock's "Moon from Space" image was
selected as the best Real-Time Photo of the Year.
"The dream of space exploration belongs to everyone, and I am
grateful I can play even a small role in connecting people to the
universe," said Wheelock. "At NASA we are in the business of making
seemingly impossible dreams come true every day. We want to
captivate, inspire, and energize the next generation of scientists,
engineers, and space explorers."
NASA's Twitter account @NASA and another tweeting astronaut,
Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency, were finalists in the
Shorty's Science category. Nespoli, who is currently aboard the
space station, sent a video greeting to guests at the ceremony.
Doug Wheelock Official NASA Photo
In addition, Wheelock's Oct. 22, 2010, "check-in" to the
International Space Station on Foursquare was a finalist in two
other Shorty categories: Wheelock as Foursquare Mayor of the Year
and the International Space Station as Foursquare Location of the
Year. "NASA is very honored that the voting public recognized our
efforts to engage with and connect people to their space program
using social media," said Stephanie Schierholz, social media
manager at NASA Headquarters in Washington.