Faculty Advisor

deWinter, Jennifer


As a U.S. government agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) funding has a complex relationship with the government and popular opinion. My purpose was to determine how the depiction of NASA programs in the media is related to the public support that the agency receives and to discover which portrayals are successful by using frame theory to analyze media samples. I identified frames in nine samples and then compared the results to the culture at the time as well as NASA’s programs and funding. I also studied media portrayals in another field, physics, by analyzing thirty articles in order to determine a currently relevant frame, which I then used to depict a NASA program in an editorial. My final project demonstrated links between media framing and NASA support.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2012


Professional Writing


Aerospace Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts