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EarthSky // Press Released May 13, 2008

EarthSky launches Spanish website

EarthSky Communications – a clear voice for science heard around the world – today announced the launch of its new Spanish-language website featuring science podcasts and daily skywatching information. Cieloytierra.org is the Internet home of Cielo y Tierra, la clara voz de la ciencia.

The science podcasts are Spanish-language counterparts to the popular EarthSky science podcasts, heard 15 million times daily. Hosted by Carlos Thiel and Alejandra Murga, Cielo y Tierra is heard daily across the United States and Mexico. Although these radio spots began broadcasting only 6 months ago, they have already attracted a network of 131 broadcast outlets. That broadcast network is growing every day.

Cieloytierra.org features El Cielo Esta Noche, daily skywatching charts and explanations on viewing the night sky. Scientists Juan Carlos Moya and Roberto Bruno have signed on to blog for the website. And Podcast La Clara Voz will feature interviews of Hispanic scientists from the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science Biography Project. In these 8-minute podcasts, scientists will talk about their experience in becoming scientists, their quest to inspire youth to pursue careers in science, and why science is important.

Erika Montero, project manager for Cielo y Tierra, said, ‘The launch of cieloytierra.org bolsters our mission to inspire Hispanic youth to pursue science careers. We believe the website will provide valuable and much needed science resources for the Hispanic community.’

Ryan Britton, EarthSky’s managing partner, added, ‘Just as earthsky.org has become a primary source for people looking for science explained clearly, we hope that cieloytierra.org will become the first stop on the Internet for Spanish-language science content.’