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NASA's Insight Lander just won an Emmy


InSight's solar panel appears in this image from Mars on December 7.

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NASA's Insight Lander was having a rough time in Mars for a few minutes, trying to dislodge its "mole" from martian soil. That's bad news.

The good news? Insight Lander is now an Emmy winner!

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences on Sunday awarded NASA the Outstanding Original Interactive Program for its coverage of the Insight Lander journey to Mars. It was honored for its relentless coverage on online, social media and TV among other things.

"Congratulations to those who contributed news, web, education, television and social media coverage of this landing on the Red Planet, "NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine tweeted in response.

The Insight Lander mission to Mars used a seismometer and measured seismic activity and provided accurate 3D models of the interior of the planet. As mentioned above, things are not going exactly as planned . But even if Insight can't remove the mole that is currently being preserved on Mars' ground, there is still plenty of other science that it can get rid of, including Mars-earthquake measurement.

NASA also won a second Emmy in collaboration with SpaceX in the Outstanding Interactive Program category for coverage on the SpaceX Crew Dragon test flight at the International Space Station.

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