Documentary featuring Professor Sara Seager wins Emmy Award

By Sarah Costello

A number of MIT affiliates featured prominently at the 43rd Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards presented by The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences — including a winner of the Emmy for Outstanding Science and Technology Documentary.

“The Hunt for Planet B” — which focuses, in part, on Sara Seager, MIT’s Class of 1941 Professor of Planetary Sciences in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences and a professor in the departments of Physics and of Aeronautics and Astronautics — received the Emmy on Sept. 29th.

Directed by Nathaniel Kahn, “The Hunt for Planet B” from CNN Films portrays the human saga behind NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). It connects the creation of the largest optical telescope in space with the story of a group of female scientists dedicated to the search for Earth-like worlds beyond our solar system.

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