An accessible digital mission to assist join customers – notably those that are blind, have low imaginative and prescient, or have totally different studying wants – with the science of NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory which was launched in January 2021. The mission offers verbal descriptions of excessive vitality astrophysics knowledge (primarily pictures and data-driven motion pictures or sonifications, in addition to illustrations when required) when they’re launched. The knowledge is supplied in each textual content and audio codecs and used as various texts for net and social media platforms. The audio recordings have been concatenated right into a podcast XML feed after acquiring consumer suggestions. Hyperlink to Chandra Visible Descriptions Podcasts.
This mission was created with J.J. Hunt and Christine Malec (subject material consultants in science communication, verbal description and/or the blind and low imaginative and prescient communities), Chandra visualization scientist Dr. Kimberly Arcand and Chandra press scientist and astrophysicist Dr. Peter Edmonds. These user-tested supplies have been informing how different Chandra captions or descriptions for non-experts are written for total enchancment to accessibility and inclusion.
To study extra, learn the Visible Descriptions of Chandra Information/Pictures: Classes discovered/greatest practices handout.