NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) which captured the most stunning footage of planet Saturn through Cassini spacecraft has received a nomination at Emmy Awards. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS) nominated it in the Outstanding Original Interactive Program category for its coverage of the Cassini mission's Grand Finale at Saturn. The spacecraft Cassini spent about 20 years in space and 13 years in Saturn's system before it made a spectacular return to the planet Earth in September 2017. Saturn's Moon Enceladus Indicate Possibility of Alien Life, Say Scientists.
The ending dive saw the spacecraft enter between the planet and its rings. The spacecraft not just show its plunge into the atmosphere but it also sent tons of data back to the Earth until its last moments. The dive of the spacecraft began a campaign wherein the JPL staff communicated the magnitude of this journey. There were television broadcasts, live videos on social media, photos all of which showcased the history of the mission until its very last moment. Emmy Awards 2018 Full Nominations List: Game of Thrones, Westworld, Saturday Night Live Are the Top Nominees This Year.
The amazing footage, never seen before images have given the nomination to the Cassini, which introduced the planet and its rings in the most unprecedented way to the residents on Earth. It gave details about the rings, the composition of the planet along with its 60 moons. The beauty and the mystery of Saturn were available for masses all over.
Cassini was launched in October 1997 and it took about 7 years to reach Saturn. On its way, the spacecraft captured enough information about Venus, Earth and Jupiter. It was remarkable in terms of the information it provided and science it made available till its very end. The Primetime Emmys will be awarded by the ATAS in Los Angeles on 17 September. The interactive awards are included in Creative Arts Emmys, which will be presented during a separate ceremony on September 15 in Los Angeles.