MTV celebrated the 40th anniversary of their cable network by debuting a large statue of their iconic Moon Person at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA - AUGUST 01: MTV unveils special edition large-scale Moon Person at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in honor of The Youth Brand's 40th Anniversary on August 01, 2021 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images for MTV)

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – AUGUST 01: MTV unveils special edition large-scale Moon Person at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in honor of The Youth Brand's 40th Anniversary on August 01, 2021 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images for MTV)

What’s Happening:

  • MTV first began broadcasting on August 1st, 1981 and the cable network celebrated its 40th Anniversary by unveiling a new feature at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Merritt Island, FL.
  • Dr. Moogega Cooper, lead planetary protection engineer for Mars 2020, was on hand to unveil the large statue, which is inspired by the special edition Moon Person designed by American Artist Kehinde Wiley.
  • Fun fact: The first footage ever broadcast on MTV when it launched at 12:01 am was from NASA’s Apollo 11 mission, with an edit where the flag being planted had the MTV logo on it.
  • This is why the network’s trophy has been the Moon Man (rebranded as Moon Person in 2018) since they first started giving out awards in 1984 at the first Video Music Awards.
  • Guests visiting NASA Central at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex can have their photo taken with this larger-than-life Moon Person, celebrating 40 years of MTV and its connection to NASA.
  • Do you want your MTV? The network was recently added to the lineup of Hulu + Live TV offerings.
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