Great “from here to there” digital animation of the Mars rover.
Wow, that was excellent. The animation did a great job of making it seem like the Mars rover was more than just a machine with the way it was exploring the planet just like any human would. Also liked the American Beauty-esque soundtrack.
I loved the cinematography.
Very nice visualization tool. I assume this was made to help explain the mission to lay audiences.
The more I see of stuff like this and of the actual results of robotic exploration the more I think trying to send humans offworld in the next 15-20 years is not the best use of our money.
How do I know this digital animation wasn’t doctored by Pixar?
The best part is when the FBI warning comes up right before the animator steals music from star wars and american beauty. I’m guessing from the lack of appearance in the text box of credits below the quicktime that it wasn’t licensed. But yeah, apart from the hypocrisy, the animation was pretty cool.
Check the credits at the end of the video. It says everything is used by permission and such.
I think it did a very good job in showing the distances and the unbelievable obstacles this mission had to cross.
dowingba: ah ha! nice. Well, I retract my bitter and cynical assumptions regarding the video’s music usage, and am left with a very cool animation that reveals the animators good taste in film score. Good stuff all around. :)
Florian: I agree. I just kept thinking.. “Man, I hope it doesn’t get stuck on a rock.”
I loved the part where the robot watched the sun go down and then dipped its head to hibernate. I actually went “Awwww….” and then was very glad that there was no-one around.
Boy oh boy, that Gustav Holst. Amazing how he reaches out from beyond the grave to determine the timing of the rover’s bounces! Now that’s composing!
Decomposing, actually. ;-)
I saw the clip on NASA tv without the music and liked it much better with just the sound effects (d’oh! - in space, yes I know…) and no music.
On the JPL home page however, they only have a completely silent clip. Does anybody know where I can download a nice quality clip with the sound effects?
#5 is ALIVE!!!
I especially liked the entry into Martian atmosphere.
Great video — now if only we can keep those damn damn Jawas away from the rover…
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