the martians welcome their robot masters, too

Cool RealVideo animation of the launch, landing, and daily routine of the mars rover; ~9 minutes.

Update: Less-jerky Quicktimes of this are here.

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2 Responses:

  1. gregv says:

    I'm amazed at the quality of this. The detail, the dramatic camera angles, the sound, the physics modelling (including particle physics), and the little flourishes like having the camera shake as it enters the martian atmosphere. Remember when these things were cheesy, utilitarian animations someone threw together?

    They either had people working full-time on this, or paid a pretty penny for it. A small part of me is disappointed at that, but the rest of me knows that A) it's probably still a drop in the bucket compared to the cost of the actual mission and B) how well NASA is funded is dependent partially on public enthusiasm. If they have another huge PR win like with Sojourner, Congress might be a modicum more friendly come budget time.

    I hope so. Maybe NASA realizes this and is becoming more media-savvy. Either way, very very cool video.

  2. loosechanj says:

    In fact, they reject about 2/3's.

    Anyway the launch itself was fantastic. Bright, loud, and fast.