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UND Aerospace’s short video wins regional Emmy

‘Welcome to Mars, N.D. takes viewers inside the Inflatable Lunar/Mars Habitat and the UND Space Studies program

‘Welcome to Mars, N.D.,’ a UND Aerospace Network video, takes viewers inside the Inflatable Lunar/Mars Habitat and University of North Dakota Space Studies program. Web screenshot.

On Oct. 14, UND Aerospace Network producers David Kuznicki and Robert Cary won the Upper Midwest Regional Emmy for their 8 1/2-minute video, “Welcome to Mars, N.D.”

The video won the award for “Education/Schools — Short or Long Form Content.” It was one of five nominees in the category.

“I originally texted Bob that we lost,” joked Kuznicki in reference to winning the award. “It’s always nice to be recognized by your peers. It’s great to get a vote of confidence from people from across the country.”

The video, which can be watched on UND Aerospace’s page, features footage of the NASA-funded Inflatable Lunar/Mars Analog Habitat (ILMAH) and interviews with UND Space Studies students and staff. The video gives information about UND’s Space Studies program and the Habitat under a theme reminiscent of science fiction films.

The Habitat  is a unique living space designed to simulate the conditions of an off-world human base. It is located on the University of North Dakota campus in Grand Forks, N.D., and is a fully enclosed habitat capable of supporting four crew members for extended stays.

Through the Upper Midwest Regional Emmys, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences recognizes individuals for their contributions to television and video. The chapter includes members from Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

“This is really a great atmosphere to work in,” said Cary, regarding working on the project at UND. “They want you to succeed here. That’s the reason I’ve been here for 30 years: the opportunities I have had in this career, I would have never believed when I first got here.”