Thursday, January 19, 2006

Martian Rovers On IMAX Theatres Authentic NASA Toys and Replicas
The little rovers that braved the elements of the red planet will be featured on IMAX theatres on January 27th.

( 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. [...]

"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 "However, these rovers won't die, which is excellent news."

It will be interesting to see the tale of these machines on the big screen. The film is about 100 minutes long and consists primarily of film that the rovers took while on Mars. This film should be a treat for kids and space loving adults of all ages.

( "That, to me, was the determining factor," Butler said. "Honestly, I was not really interested until I heard these rovers were equipped with IMAX quality cameras. Then I thought, 'Wow, if I could put Mars on an IMAX screen that would be great.'" [...]

"We've been saying for years that the PanCam images were good enough to look good on an IMAX screen and by God they do," [Steve Squyres, the mission's leader at Cornell University] said, adding that he and his team have not been able to view rover imagery at its full potential until now. "A computer screen falls woefully short. It's like looking through a soda straw."

Although Mars has yet to prove its worth as a future home for humanity, this movie will not doubt sow seeds for space travel within the next generation.

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