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Buzz Aldrin to Accept an Emmy for NASA

By Ed O'Keefe

NASA will be honored with an Emmy Award on Saturday, and Buzz Aldrin will accept.

Buzz Aldrin may have been the second astronaut on the moon, but he'll be the first astronaut to accept an Emmy Award.

Aldrin will accept the gold statue on NASA's behalf this Saturday, when the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences honors the space agency with the Philo T. Farnsworth Award. The honor recognizes contributions that impacted television technology or engineering; NASA will be recognized for the innovations that allowed it to broadcast live television images from the moon.

The award comes just a few weeks after the 40th anniversary of Aldrin's walk on the moon with colleague Neil Armstrong.

The 61st Primetime Emmy Engineering Awards will be handed out Saturday night in Los Angeles. It's a much (really, much) less swanky affair than the big awards show, set for broadcast Sept. 20 on CBS.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 19, 2009; 1:23 PM ET
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First astronaut to accept an Emmy? Wasn't an Emmy awarded to the crew of Apollo 8 in 1969 for their Christmas Eve 1968 telecast?

Posted by: silverspring4 | August 19, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Apollo 7 won a special Emmy for the first television broadcast from space. Apollo 8 won an Emmy for the famous Christmas Eve broadcast.

Posted by: kevinwparker | August 19, 2009 11:57 PM | Report abuse

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