Cassini ends a 20-year mission exploring Saturn
The spacecraft spent 13 years exploring the ringed planet and its moons
If you looked at the Cassini probe, a spectacular dive into Saturn in September last year, that you’re not alone — in fact, space fans worldwide followed the social media campaign, illustrations, and animations of the big event, and the “Grand Finale” dive and commentary itself is viewed 2 million times, according to NASA. (More than 3 millions of space buffs can visit the website during the main Grand Final events.)
In honor of NASA’s extraordinary cover, the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory took home an Emmy for outstanding original interactive program at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, presented Sept. 8 in Los Angeles.
“How many projects get to the job of their featured performer at the end of the recording?” producer Stephanie L. Smith said, according to Variety. The Grand Finale capped off Cassini’s 20 years in the space, and 13 years exploring the Saturn system, with a series of diving between the planet and the rings to burn up in the atmosphere of the planet, the carrying out of the measurements.
New data from Hollywood: we won! We are grateful for the #emmy’s for this recognition. Even more, we are grateful for the spacecraft that could and did. And to all of you for riding with us on the trip to Saturn. pic.twitter.com/AoeXyboPF5
— CassiniSaturn (@CassiniSaturn) September 9, 2018
The Cassini campaign was against an animated virtual-reality short of Google called “Back to the Moon” and virtual and interactive experiences for the film “Blade Runner, 2049,” “Coco” and “Spider-Man “Homecoming”,” all released in 2017.
Cassini’s observations of Saturn have a revolution in our understanding of the planet, its rings and its more than 60 moons — and this award recognizes the 360-degree videos and livestreams, interactive press kit, articles, educational material, real-time tracking software and more that conveyed the drama and wonder of the mission and space exploration in general.
Editor’s note: This article was corrected to indicate that the award was presented Sept. 8. It will air as part of the Creative Arts Emmys Sept. 15 (the anniversary of Cassini’s grand finale of diving!).
Original article on Space.com.