NOVA goes behind the scenes at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to offer a look at the construction and launch of two Martian exploratory rovers: "Spirit" and "Opportunity".

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Episode credited cast:
Mark Adler ...
Himself - Deputy Mission Manager, MER
Jim Colvin ...
Himself - Rover Engineer
Juan R. Cruz ...
Himself - Landing Systems Engineer, MER
George H. Diller ...
Himself - NASA Countdown Voice, Kennedy Space Center (voice)
Ho-Jin Huang ...
Himself - Test Engineer
Joel Krajewski ...
Himself - Rover Engineer
Gentry Lee ...
Himself - Scientist, Mars Program, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Wayne Lee ...
Himself - Entry, Descent and Landing Systems Engineer, MER
Dan Limonadi ...
Himself - Rover Engineer
Randel Lindemann ...
Himself - Rover Systems Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Rob Manning ...
Himself - Systems Engineering Manager, MER
Dan McCleese ...
Himself - Scientist, Mars Program, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Greg Miehall ...
Himself - Engineer
James Newell ...
Himself - Test Engineer
Tom Rivellini ...
Himself - Landing Systems Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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NOVA goes behind the scenes at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to offer a look at the construction and launch of two Martian exploratory rovers: "Spirit" and "Opportunity".

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Reasonably interesting but not great
5 September 2006 | by (Hollywood, California) – See all my reviews

This tells the story of the construction of the robots which are exploring the surface of Mars. It is interesting but there is too much made up tension and too much centering on the stress of the engineers who constructed the devices. I don't think that they have any reason to be unhappy. If they weren't building the Mars Rovers they would probably be working on weapons systems. The skills they have are not easily transfered.

One of the problems they deal with is the parachute which fails to open in a wind tunnel test. It is interesting to see how it is solved. I had no idea that the engineering of a parachute was so complex. However the design of a parachute would seem not to be be most interesting event in a trip to Mars.

All in all the production would have been much better it it had more about Mars and less about engineering.

Nova has gone down in the past few years.


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