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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Vivendi Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 27, 2010
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0031L5CSU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,721 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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When the NASA rovers Spirit and Opportunity touched down on Mars in 2004, they weren t expected to last long perhaps 90 days, or six months at most. But 90 days have stretched into almost five years, and a short-term science mission searching for evidence of water has turned into one of the greatest adventures of the Space Age. The rovers have trekked miles across hostile plains, climbed mountains, ventured in and out of deep craters, gotten stuck in sand dunes, survived dust storms and mechanical failures, and cheated death so often that no one will venture a guess as to how much longer they might last.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By James Guilford on February 27, 2010
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The story is how two 400-pound wheeled robots far exceeded their design specifications and everyone's expectations to explore and make discoveries on that distant and hostile world known as Mars. They had worked on that planet for five years (and longer) when this film was released. Thanks to excellence in engineering and construction, expert guidance, and not a little ingenuity and luck, the two MERs (Mars Exploration Rovers) have delivered thousands of images and enough data to keep planetary scientists busy with journal articles for years. Our ideas of the true nature and history of Mars have been re-shaped. The successes of MERs "Spirit" and "Opportunity" in the areas of science and engineering are legion. The surprise is how emotionally invested we can become in the exploits and fates of two sophisticated hunks of machinery.

This film brings to the viewer the feeling that we are there, on Mars, hiking alongside those wonderful little machines as they struggle to survive sand traps, dust storms, and the incredibly cold Martian winters. The narration is fact-filled and interesting. Interviews with the principle scientists, engineers, and technicians are appropriate and impart the intensity of human involvement in the rovers' operation and their fates. Imagery is accurate and beautiful (though the speed of animated rover movement has been greatly increased for the sake of illustration). This film has shown a number of times on the National Geographic Channel and is as superb an example of a space science documentary as you will find. It is far superior to many current space science programs that emphasize incredible "what-ifs," explosions, repeated action sequences, and vapid narrative. This engrossing true life adventure of exploration and discovery shines bright. Those interested in space exploration, particularly that of the Red Planet, will enjoy viewing this film repeatedly and will want to add it to their collections. It is highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Lloyd Cox on December 26, 2010
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This is a really entertaining documentary story. The adventure of the two robots as they explore and discover the surface of Mars is as big a challenge as anyone can imagine. Backed by the enthusiastic ground control and passionate dedication you as the viewer get drawn in to this excellent story telling and state of the art graphics and sound like a child at a campfire listening to his or her first ghost story. I absolutely adored the scientists' metaphors as they describe the problems and triumphs in the operation from so far away. It left me feeling like I had been there and wanting more. There must be a sequel, The story must go on!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Mc Kenna on August 23, 2010
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I am very pleased with this video as it covers the recent years of American robotic exploration of Mars terrain, minerals and what a manned mission may expect. The search for sites of frozen water and C02 will make sustained exploration of 18 months missions possible. Not overly technical and interesting for all ages. The usual high standards of National Gegraphic are met.
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By merlyn on February 11, 2011
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The mars Rovers/ well Opportunity now is rocking on still. This is a great doco on These magic little rovers that were to last 90 days and far outlived their makers design.
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6 of 14 people found the following review helpful By andrew leskiw on March 15, 2011
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Five years, two rovers, and hardly any genuine Mars images except for a lot of computer animated garbage. It would have made much more sense to base this documentary from the rovers own eyes, and not the NG art studio.
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