The University of Arizona’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences team has been awarded a Rocky Mountain Emmy for Earthlight, a documentary that follows the success of the Controlled Environment Agriculture Center’s lunar greenhouse team in constructing a closed system that recycles all air and water and produces food that astronauts will need for extended missions to the moon and Mars.
The Rocky Mountain Emmys, a division of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, selected the film for an Emmy in the topical documentary category. The Emmy honors the creative effort of video coordinator Cody Sheehy, who worked closely with team members in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ communications and cyber technologies departments.
“For the story to work, the lunar greenhouse really had to become a character,” says Sheehy. “We had to convince the audience that it’s not an inanimate object, but a living, breathing entity with a story to tell: how it has grown and changed over the years from a small greenhouse in the Antarctic, to a functioning system established at the Admundsen South Pole Station, to something designed for the moon that someday may spread its wings toward Mars.”
Visit cals.arizona.edu/earthlight/videos for more details.