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Roving Mars (imax!) Trailer
lyford
post Jan 2 2006, 08:35 PM
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QUOTE (djellison @ Jan 1 2006, 12:54 PM)
I love the two Nova programs, the first was my favorite, it covered the development and testing and just a few days after landing.
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I loved the Steve vs. Steve bit when Gorevan from Honeybee was fretting about the blueberries and how they might ruin the RAT... to drill or not to drill. A nice insight into the personalities involved and how cooperative these missions really are.
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STEVE GOREVAN: Look at this. You cannot see this berry in the place that we looked at.

STEVE SQUYRES: Have you got it properly registered with the pancam? Do you know where you are?

STEVE GOREVAN: I did not see those spherules in the pancam.

STEVE SQUYRES: Steve, sit down with some pancam images and get this stuff registered. You've got to figure out where you are, man.

STEVE GOREVAN: I promise that's what Phil and Aquille are doing. That's what we've been doing since I got here, but we can't find this.

STEVE SQUYRES: Well, they're obviously there.

STEVE GOREVAN: We'll solve it.

STEVE SQUYRES: Solve it by the science assessment meeting.

STEVE GOREVAN: Hey, we got paid, we'll solve it.


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post Jan 2 2006, 09:35 PM
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QUOTE (lyford @ Jan 2 2006, 08:35 PM)
I loved the Steve vs. Steve bit when Gorevan from Honeybee was fretting about the blueberries and how they might ruin the RAT... to drill or not to drill. A nice insight into the personalities involved and how cooperative these missions really are.
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I highly recommend both NOVA programs as I wrote in this thread earlier
http://www.unmannedspaceflight.com/index.p...indpost&p=31952
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/mars/

Also I had the priviledge to meet Steve Gorevan when I invited him to give a lecture in Princeton, NJ a few months back. Another great guy with a great story to tell. He even loaned me a scale model RAT for my Mars outreach presentations. So far the RAT's have done well over 100 grindings and brushing vs a spec of 6. Honeybee is a 1st class company

some details in this thread:
http://www.unmannedspaceflight.com/index.php?showtopic=1385

for anyone who may be in the Philadelphia area, my next presentation (with the RAT model) is here on Jan 11, click on meetings:
http://www.rittenhouseastronomicalsociety.org/
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post Jan 16 2006, 07:43 PM
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Wired News has a brief story about the upcoming release of "Roving Mars". Not a whole lot of new info, but a few nice stills from the film.
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post Jan 16 2006, 07:51 PM
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QUOTE (djf @ Jan 16 2006, 10:43 PM)
...a few nice stills from the film...
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WOW!!! These are awesome...Can you see Opportunity rover in these images? So tiny...so precious...

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post Jan 16 2006, 07:54 PM
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Whoa, the crater seems a hell of a lot bigger than I had thought.
Looks pretty cool though. smile.gif


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Descriptive PDF here.
Looks like they are going to use some of those special effect shots - nice to finally "see" the rovers from the 3rd person perspective in the environments that we have come to know and love.
Though the movie site (btw, did I tell you how much I HATE flash websites?) doesn't have the theatre listings yet...


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post Jan 19 2006, 04:27 PM
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Space.com has a new article about the IMAX Film "Roving Mars" here:

http://space.com/entertainment/060119_ent_roving_mars.html

NASA’s Mars Rovers to Hit the Silver Screen
By Tariq Malik
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posted: 19 January 2006

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NASA’s hardy twin robots Spirit and Opportunity currently roving across the surface of Mars will be immortalized in a fresh documentary about their wildly successful mission.

Disney’s new IMAX film Roving Mars, set to open nationwide on Jan. 27, chronicles the exploits of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover (MER) mission that entered its third year exploring the surface of the red planet this month. Originally slated for a 90-Martian day mission, Spirit and Opportunity have consistently surpassed the expectations of their handlers and filmmakers throughout their mission.

“My original idea was to wait for the rovers to die and that it would be a dramatic ending,” Roving Mars director George Butler told SPACE.com. “However, these rovers won’t die, which is excellent news.”
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post Jan 24 2006, 06:52 PM
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Looks like it will be opening in 16 US cities and 2 in Canada.

So who's planning on seeing it opening day? I'm probably headed to Grand Rapids for an afternoon showing on Friday...
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post Jan 24 2006, 07:20 PM
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I'm in North Vancouver, a suburb of Vancouver. We have a great IMAX theatre right across the inlet from me, beside the cruise ship terminal (nice location!), which is one of the two showing it in Canada so far (that's it?). I don't know if there are any other forum members near here or not, but I definitely want to see it. Spirit and Oppy deserve to be on the big screen! smile.gif
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post Jan 25 2006, 01:43 AM
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In Community Chit Chat I've proposed a NYC field trip to see the film.

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post Jan 25 2006, 08:23 PM
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I got to go see a screening of Roving Mars last night and just posted a review in my blog. The short version: cool film, definitely see it if you can, the animations have been lovingly re-updated to place the rovers in 3D environments based on rover imagery. But in the end I was disappointed by how little actual Mars imagery they used and how much of it was animation, and they failed to tell much of the story of the sagas of both rovers after they landed in the narration. Still, it is well worth going to see it on the IMAX screen. I loved the super-close-up shots of the rovers being built as much as I loved the scenes from Mars. Bill Harris and his pals over in the 1/4 Scale Rover Project thread will want to watch that part of the movie again and again!

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post Jan 25 2006, 08:29 PM
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Also, they handed out a CD with stills from the movie at the screening. I pulled out all the simulated views and cut them all down to half resolution to be able to upload them here. Enjoy. According to the fine print on the booklet that came with the disk these images are only to be used to discuss the movie, not for any other purpose, so don't go and use them on your websites...but nobody will know if you use them as desktop wallpaper!

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post Jan 25 2006, 08:36 PM
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About which sol(s) does the movie end on? Sounds like pretty much gets as far as Steve's book did. And as you say, hopefully we'll get an updated edition of the movie when the rovers finally die (SS: "they are not immortal, I'm convinced of this" smile.gif )


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QUOTE (odave @ Jan 25 2006, 12:36 PM)
About which sol(s) does the movie end on?  Sounds like pretty much gets as far as Steve's book did.  And as you say, hopefully we'll get an updated edition of the movie when the rovers finally die (SS: "they are not immortal, I'm convinced of this" smile.gif )
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Well, the movie lacked much sense of time passing on Mars and didn't really tell the Mars part as a story following landing, so it didn't really end on a specific sol. Adirondack was the only rock target mentioned by name, and then the narration said they headed for the hills. They showed blueberries from Opportunity but really didn't say much about what was going on with Oppy after that. The last Spirit view shown was some time before the summit but it was too quick for me to say exactly which one it was -- looking at the Pancam team site I'm guessing it was somewhere around the Thanksgiving pan but I'm not too sure, it could have been later. The last Opportunity view shown was Rub Al Khali.

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post Jan 25 2006, 08:54 PM
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Coming Soon to a Theater Near You: Mars, in Glorious 3-D
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