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27 January 2006 (USA) See more »
A Whole New World Awaits.
A pair of uncrewed vehicles transmit images from Mars. | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Paul Newman ... Introduction by
Steve Squyres ... Himself
Rob Manning ... Himself
Charles Elachi ... Himself (as Dr. Charles Elachi)
Wayne Lee ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John Beck Hofmann ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
George Butler 
Writing credits
George Butler (written by) and
Robert Andrus (written by)

George Butler (narration)

Produced by
George Butler .... producer
Tara Grace .... associate producer
Frank Marshall .... producer
Scott Swofford .... executive producer
Original Music by
Philip Glass 
Cinematography by
T.C. Christensen 
Film Editing by
Nancy Baker 
Production Management
Rick Gordon .... post-production supervisor
Scott Swofford .... unit production manager
Sound Department
John P. Fasal .... sound mixer
Steven C. Laneri .... sound mixer
Michael L. McDonough .... sound designer (as Michael McDonough)
Roger Phenix .... production sound mixer
Roger Phenix .... sound mixer
Ryan Purcell .... foley artist
Gary Rizzo .... sound re-recording mixer
Karl Rosengren .... assistant sound editor
Visual Effects by
Johnathan R. Banta .... digital supervisor: Sassoon Film Design
Aja Bogdanoff .... digital artist
David Booth .... scanning & recording: Fotokem Digital Film Services
Chris Brown .... digital producer: Sassoon Film Design (as Chris CB Brown)
Tim Enstice .... digital production manager
Colin Feist .... digital compositor
Jason Jue .... digital compositor
Dan Maas .... visual effects supervisor
Alan G. Markowitz .... visual effects supervisor
Jeremy Nicolaides .... compositing supervisor
John Niehuss .... digital artist
Tom Piedmont .... digital compositor
Benjamin Schweighart .... digital artist
Jun Watanabe .... digital artist: Fotokem
Justin Wick .... software consultant
Camera and Electrical Department
Zep Christensen .... first assistant camera
Rhett E. Fernsten .... gaffer
Tyler Meiners .... dolly grip
James Neihouse .... additional photography (as James Niehouse)
Sandi Sissel .... additional photography
Reed Smoot .... additional photography
Matthew Williams .... additional photography
John Beck Hofmann .... additional camera operator: documentary (uncredited)
Scott Hulme .... additional camera operator: documentary (uncredited)
Animation Department
Eric DeJong .... animator: space sequences
Editorial Department
Tina Ballou .... post-production coordinator
Chi Yoon Chung .... assistant editor
Music Department
John Carbonara .... assistant music editor
Susan Jacobs .... music supervisor
Scott Johnson .... music editor
Suzana Peric .... music editor
Michael Riesman .... conductor
Transportation Department
Brett Miller .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Edwin Escalante .... post production (as Ed Escalante)
Daniel Holton-Roth .... thanks

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Introduction by:[voiceover] Space exploration began with dreaming. Thousands of years of humans staring into the heavens and wondering, how did this begin? What else is out there? The earliest answers were given in myth and poetry. Now they are sought by space age technology. And while each mission increases our knowledge, it also leads our imagination further and further. How did life begin? Did it happen more than once in the universe? The answer may lie on Mars.
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Brief But Interesting, 8 March 2012
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

Walt Disney Pictures produced the film I watched. In it, there is no Paul Newman introduction. And my impression is that there are multiple versions of this documentary.

At about forty minutes in length, the film gives a cursory, but highly interesting, overview of the Mars twin rovers. Interviews with NASA scientists and engineers, plus actual footage of the robots being made, comprise the first half. The narrator stresses the complexity of the technical work that went into the creation of Spirit and Opportunity.

But the best segment is near the middle, when superb animated effects help viewers visualize the various stages of the rover-in-tow spacecraft's seven-month journey to Mars, and especially the critical landing phase that carried the rovers safely to the surface, which involved split second timing and flawless execution.

Later, we get a quick look at the geologic work the rovers perform. And the panoramic views of the desolate plains of Mars are spectacular.

I just wish the film had been longer, and that we could have seen more images of Mars. One gets the feeling that for some reason the film was cut short, maybe because of budget constraints. The sheer quantity of data that Spirit and Opportunity have relayed back to us is amazing. And this wonderful scientific achievement merits a film of at least two, and preferably three, hours.

Even though it's brief and to some extent aimed at kids, "Roving Mars" still makes for worthwhile viewing by adults. Maybe eventually we'll get a documentary that does Spirit and Opportunity justice.

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