NASA and SpaceX have picked up an Emmy for outstanding interactive programming at the 71st Emmy Awards. The Emmy was awarded in recognition for the pair’s coverage of the historic Crew Dragon Demo-1 mission earlier this year.
The 71st Emmy Awards were held over the weekend to celebrate the past year’s outstanding television accomplishments. In addition to the awards given to popular shows like Game of Thrones, The Handmaid’s Tale and Chernobyl, two names made an unlikely appearance at the star-studded event.
In addition to picking up the Emmy for outstanding interactive programming with SpaceX for the pair’s coverage of the Crew Dragon Demo-1 mission, NASA also picked up a second for the agency’s coverage of its Mars InSight mission.
The Crew Dragon Demo-1 mission was launched on March 2, 2019, and was the first flight of the upgraded SpaceX Dragon spacecraft that will eventually ferry astronauts to the International Space Station. The uncrewed spacecraft docked with the space station’s Harmony module on March 3 and returned safely to Earth on March 8.
Both SpaceX and NASA live-streamed every moment of the mission from the launch, rendezvous, docking, and the spacecraft’s return to Earth. Millions of viewers from around the world tuned into every moment of the six-day mission as a private company took one step closer to an achievement previously only attempted by national space programs.