Irish produced documentary The Farthest – Voyager in Space won the award for Outstanding Science and Technology Documentary at the International News and Documentary Emmys on Monday night.

The Farthest, which boasts a 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, documents NASA's 1977 launch of twin space probes sent to capture images of remote planets and bear messages from Earth.

During his acceptance speech, producer John Murray said, "This is overwhelming, thank you so much."

He went on to say it was "such a privilege" to get to make a film about the Voyager spacecraft and that it was "just unbelievable" to get the chance to make the documentary.

The Voyager spacecraft orbiting around Uranus

Following the ceremony, Murray said on Twitter that he feels "honoured" to have won. He also thanked his team and backers which included RTÉ, The Irish Film Board, Screen Ireland, PBS, BBC, Arte, ZDF and Tangled Bank.

It was directed by Emer Reynolds, with Murray co-producing with Clare Stronge.

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The 39th Emmy awards was held at the Lincoln Centre in New York City, with 49 awards presented on the night.