Ladies and gentlemen, we have the first martian Emmy Award winner. Its name? Insight Lander.
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences gave NASA the Outstanding Original Interactive Program award for its coverage of Insight Lander's journey to Mars.
The space agency also received an Emmy alongside SpaceX for coverage of the Crew Dragon test flight to the International Space Station (ISS).
This week, NASA was awarded two Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles.
In response to the news, NASA chief Jim Bridenstine tweeted, "congrats to those who contributed to the news, web, education, television and social media coverage of this landing on the Red Planet."
NASA won the awards for its interactive coverage of the Mars Insight Lander mission, including social media, web content, and images and videos taken from the Red Planet.
On top of that, NASA also won a second Emmy alongside SpaceX in the category of Outstanding Interactive Program. This one was for the coverage of the SpaceX Crew Dragon test flight to the ISS.
Just in: We won an #Emmy in interactive programming for coverage of the @SpaceX Demo-1 flight, which put us one step closer to our goal of launching @NASA_Astronauts from American soil. 🚀 Congrats to all involved and those who help tell the @NASA story every day! pic.twitter.com/3vGu2WvxfR— Jim Bridenstine (@JimBridenstine) September 15, 2019
Seismic reading of Mars
NASA's Insight Lander's mission to Mars is using a seismometer to take a precise seismic reading and provide accurate 3D models of the planet's interior.
As CNET reports, the mission is currently undergoing difficulties. The space lander's probe device is stuck and hasn't been able to dig as far into the soil as had been planned.
Hopefully, these wins will give the team at NASA the motivation they need to find a way around the Insight Lander's digger problem.
I’ve pressed down next to the “mole” several times, and it’s hard to make this unusual soil collapse into the pit. Soon, I’ll be out of contact for a couple of weeks during solar conjunction, but my team on Earth will keep working it. Keep sending good vibes! ✨ pic.twitter.com/dbUcnXzYzm— NASA InSight (@NASAInSight) August 16, 2019
As NASA recently tweeted, they want people to send "good vibes" to help them overcome this issue, at a crucial part of its mission.