NASA bags Emmy for SpaceX Demo-1 mission

NASA has won the first of two Emmy nominations for interactive programming this year because of their coverage of historic milestones in space exploration.

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences first announced the two award nominations for NASA last July 16. Particularly, they nominated the space agency for its coverage of a Mars mission and the agency’s first test of a spacecraft that will help bring crewed launches to the International Space Station back to U.S. soil.

The awards ceremonies, which honor artistic and technical achievements in television started handing out the awards earlier today at 5 PM at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, to which NASA has received an award for one of their nominated categories.

The program will proceed to Sunday as part of the two-night celebration and FXX will broadcast the awards on Sept. 21, followed by Fox’s live broadcast of the Primetime Emmy Awards the next day.

The NASA InSight team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, reacts after receiving confirmation that the spacecraft successfully touched down on the surface of Mars on Nov. 26, 2018.
Source: NASA | JPL-Caltech

Notably, the first day of the awarding led NASA to bag a golden statue for Outstanding Interactive Program for NASA and SpaceX’s: The Interactive Demo-1 Launch, which the space agency and commercial space company broadcasted live on YouTube.

The Emmy win is for NASA’s coverage of the March 2019 flight of SpaceX’s first Crew Dragon spacecraft on an uncrewed test flight. During that test flight, called Demonstration Mission 1, SpaceX launched human-rated Crew Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station and back as a demonstration of the commercially developed spacecraft to ferry humans to and fro the ISS.

“The nomination is a result of years of preparation for the historic launch and multiple live broadcasts from NASA and SpaceX facilities across the country during each phase of the Crew Dragon’s mission to the International Space Station and its stunning return to Earth,” NASA officials said in the statement.

“Throughout NASA’s coverage, the agency and SpaceX engaged social media users around the world and at local social media influencer gatherings at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.”

Notably, the mission involved SpaceX’s powerful yet reusable rocket engines and next-generation space capsule, which they named Crew Dragon.

Additionally, a former model called Cargo Dragon, which SpaceX uses to ferry payloads to and fro the ISS has also achieved recognition from the international space community as it achieved a new record of making three consecutive flights to the ISS.

The bulk of Demo-1, however, focuses on the goal of NASA to be able to send American astronauts from U.S. soil as they have been hitchhiking on Russian spacecraft since the Space Shuttle ceased operations.

The NASA InSight team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, reacts after receiving confirmation that the spacecraft successfully touched down on the surface of Mars on Nov. 26, 2018.
Source: NASA| JPL-Caltech

Meanwhile, it is yet to be determined if the second nomination will also allow NASA to bag another award tomorrow.

NASA’s coverage of its InSight landing on Mars in November 2018 also earned its a 2019 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Original Interactive Program to recognize the agency’s news, web, education, TV and social media efforts.

“InSight is the first mission to study the deep interior of Mars, using an ultra-sensitive seismometer, a heat-flow probe and other instruments. InSight is managed for NASA by JPL, a division of Caltech in Pasadena,” NASA officials said in a statement Friday (September 13).

“JPL won the 2018 Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Interactive Program for its coverage of the Cassini mission’s Grand Finale at Saturn.”

Among the winners Saturday night were Queer Eye, Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, Leaving Neverland, Netflix’s Our Planet and RuPaul.

The 2019 Creative Arts Emmy Awards will feature a star-studded lineup of presenters. On Saturday, Roy Choi and Jon Favreau, Jeff Goldblum, Marie Kondo, Lisa Kudrow, Derek Hough, Wanda Sykes, Will Arnett, W. Kamau Bell, Terry Crews and Nick Kroll are among those set to present. Sunday’s show will feature presenters including Laverne Cox, Rachel Bloom. Neil Patrick Harris, Natasha Lyonne, Olivia Munn, Patton Oswalt and Jane Seymour.

The Creative Arts Emmys focus on technical achievements like lighting, cinematography, editing, and so on, as well as several categories within the reality, animation, and documentary genres but there’s no difference between the actual awards — anyone who wins at the Creative Arts Emmys versus the Primetime Emmys is still a bonafide Emmy winner.

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