NASA Snags an Emmy Nomination for Cassini Spacecraft’s Grand Finale

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NASA Snags an Emmy Nomination for Cassini Spacecraft’s Grand Finale‘

NASA's coverage of the Cassini spacecraft's Grand Finale at Saturn has snagged an Emmy nomination.

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has nominated NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for an Emmy in the Outstanding Original Interactive Program category for the way it communicated and publicized Cassini's spectacular "Grand Finale" at Saturn. On Sept. 15, 2017, after almost 20 years in space and 13 years in the Saturn system, the Cassini orbiter began plummeting toward the planet in an epic, final dive.

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NASA’s Cassini Coverage Lands an Emmy Nomination

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences nominated NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, for Outstanding Original Interactive Program for its coverage of the Cassini mission’s Grand Finale at Saturn, including news, web, education, television and social media efforts.

In 2017, after nearly 20 years in space and 13 years revealing the wonders of Saturn, NASA’s Cassini orbiter was running out of fuel. As a final act, Cassini began a whole new mission — its Grand Finale. This journey into the unknown would end with a spectacular plunge into the planet. JPL created a multi-month digital campaign to celebrate the mission’s science and engineering accomplishments and communicate why the spacecraft must meet its end in the skies of Saturn.

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Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Cassini Coverage Lands an Emmy Nomination

This artist's rendering shows Cassini as the spacecraft makes one of its final five dives through Saturn's upper atmosphere in August and September 2017.
Moving on.
Cassini’s first, daring dive into the unexplored space between the giant planet and its rings kicked off the campaign on April 26, 2017. It culminated on Sept. 15, 2017, with live coverage of Cassini’s plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere, with the spacecraft sending back science to the very last second

The Primetime Emmys will be awarded by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in Los Angeles on Sept. 17. The Creative Arts Emmys, which includes interactive awards, will be presented during a separate ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles.

Cassini’s ‘Grande Finale’ Earns an Emmy Nomination!

In 1997, the NASA/ESA Cassini-Huygens mission launched from Earth and began its long journey towards the Saturn system. In 2004, the Cassini orbiter arrived around Saturn and would spend the next thirteen years studying the gas giant, its rings, and its system of Moons. On September 15th, 2017, the mission ended when the probe entered Saturn’s upper atmosphere and burned up.
This was known as Cassini’s “Grand Finale“, which began with the probe plunging into the unexplored region that lies between Saturn’s atmosphere and its rings and culminated with live coverage of it entering the atmosphere

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