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At NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, we see highly skilled engineers addressing every challenge and every possible contingency, and project leader Steve Squyers serves as our informative host and enthusiastic populist for space exploration. After launching in June and July of 2003, the rovers traveled for seven months and 300 million miles to Mars, landing on the red planet in January 2004. Every aspect of the mission is covered in concise detail, and tension escalates as touch-down (achieved with the now-familiar "bouncing balloon" landing system) draws near. What's most remarkable, even to the crew at JPL, is that Spirit and Opportunity succeeded far beyond their mission expectations, becoming one of NASA's most triumphant achievements in interplanetary exploration. The photos, chemical analyses, and other data gathered on Mars were intended to prove the past existence of water on Mars (and hence the possibility of life), and in this and many other respects, Roving Mars stands as a breathtaking tribute to the men, women, and robots who've given us a greater understanding of the planetary system we call home. --Jeff Shannon
On the Disc
Roving Mars is accompanied by two excellent bonus features. First up is "Mars: Past, Present, and Future," a 25-minute "making of" featurette that provides additional educational detail about our closest planetary neighbor, along with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with key personnel at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Then comes the 50-minute featurette "Mars and Beyond," originally broadcast in 1957 as an episode of Walt Disney's popular Disneyland TV show. Typical of that series, it's a wildly imaginative, cleverly animated look at Mars and its significance in the history of mankind. Even after more than half a century, it's filled with scientific and speculative details that are sure to engage anyone's sense of wonder. --Jeff Shannon
Great video, watched it with my son for his project. I thought it was going to be too much for a 3rd grader but it was interesting enough to keep him glued to the TV.Published 19 days ago by D. Z.
From Walt Disney Studios comes “Roving Mars”, a George Butler film and presentation by LockheedMartin and NASA in the form of a captivating 40 minute film showing the detailed... Read morePublished 3 months ago by RBSProds
Being a Sci-Fi nut I suppose you would figure I am bound to like any documentary regarding outer space and you would be correct. Read morePublished 11 months ago by r a price
I got on a science kick when I few years ago and wanted to see how this was done this is great informative video and shows the process god for students into science.Published 15 months ago by John P Wilkerson
I gave this as a gift to my grandchildren. They told me that they also saw this at the Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
They seemed glad to have their own copy.