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Writers (WGA):
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Release Date:
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 ... Himself - 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
Art Department
Christopher Cole .... art department administrator
Stefan Kocev .... art department assistant
Sound Department
John P. Fasal .... sound mixer
Steven C. Laneri .... sound mixer
Michael L. McDonough .... sound: design (as Michael McDonough M.P.S.E.)
Roger Phenix .... production sound mixer
Roger Phenix .... sound mixer
Ryan Purcell .... foley artist
Gary Rizzo .... re-recording mixer (as Gary A. Rizzo)
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
Robert Adams .... key grip
Bryan Ashford .... grip
Denise Bailie .... first assistant camera
Ron Batzdorff .... still photographer
Brandon Christensen .... second assistant camera
Zep Christensen .... first assistant camera (as Joseph 'Zep' Christensen)
Lynn Davis .... still photographer
Rhett E. Fernsten .... gaffer (as Rhett Fernsten)
Steve Foss .... grip
Cary Fukinaga .... gaffer
Scott Hoffman .... first assistant camera
Tim Lovasen .... second assistant camera
Al Magallon .... aerial camera assistant
Tyler Meiners .... dolly grip
Chris Murray .... electrician
James Neihouse .... additional photography (as James Niehouse)
Elmer Oukrop .... gaffer
Dennis L. Peterson .... gaffer
Jake Roquemore .... loader
Jed Seus .... loader (as Jed Seuss)
Bernard Sissel .... first assistant camera
Sandi Sissel .... additional photography
Reed Smoot .... additional photography
Matt Stelling .... key grip
Jack Tankard .... aerial director of photography
Todd Taylor .... key grip
Andy Turek .... electrician
Henry Valus .... first assistant camera
Bryan Watson .... grip
Fred Weigle .... first assistant camera
Kat Westergaard .... second assistant camera
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
Location Management
Larry Matson .... location coordinator
Laura Bemis Rollison .... location manager
Music Department
John Carbonara .... assistant music editor
Susan Jacobs .... music supervisor
Scott Johnson .... music editor
Daniel Nielsen .... composer: trailer music
Suzana Peric .... music editor
Michael Riesman .... conductor
Transportation Department
Brett Miller .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
John Dowling .... researcher
Edwin Escalante .... post production (as Ed Escalante)
Cliff Fleming .... pilot
Brian Kubricky .... production accountant (as Brian R. Kubricky)
Jeff T. Miller .... assistant production coordinator
Terri Pappas .... production coordinator
Mary T. Radford .... assistant: Frank Marshall
Laura Bemis Rollison .... personal assistant: George Butler
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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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
NASA hasn't looked this good since Apollo 13, 13 September 2007
Author: alan_v35 from Canada

This incredible, true science story was made and released on Imax, but I saw it on DVD. It is straightforward and, while interesting, it has limited entertainment value for those with little interest in the Mars Rover project. It is short and I felt that more could have been included and an effort could have been made to use more of a 'storytelling' approach. As well, writer/director/narrator George Butler could have used celebrities or strong personalities among the mission team, to create more interest. his choice, however, was to create a simple documentary, which is fine for space race fans, but of limited interest to others.

The feature tells the story of NASA's Mars Rover mission, which saw the construction of two incredibly complex robotic vehicles (The total technology involved in the rovers exceeds the brain capacity of any one person - best useless fact of the film) named 'Spirit' and 'Opportunity' and sent them to the surface of Mars, where they landed successfully in the summer of 2003. There is extensive footage of the surface of Mars, where both carefully accurate CGI and actual Rover footage, is used to give the viewer a nice visit to another world. Amazingly, the planned mission of 90 days has now gone on for over four years and continues to this day. They don't tell you that in the film. I became curious and looked it up for you guys.

This documentary is an excellent choice for educators and for those with an interest in the space program. Many others, who are less academically curious will not enjoy it and should steer clear. If it is your cup of tea, then check out the special features, as well. They share a lot more interesting information.

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