Great "from here to there" digital animation  JAN 18 2004

Great "from here to there" digital animation of the Mars rover.

There are 14 reader comments

adam47 18 200410:47PM

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.

dowingba00 18 200411:00PM

I loved the cinematography.

Dinah06 18 200411:06PM

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.

Alex Reynolds18 19 200412:18AM

How do I know this digital animation wasn't doctored by Pixar?

Ryan Abrams30 19 200412:30AM

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.

dowingba34 19 2004 1:34AM

Check the credits at the end of the video. It says everything is used by permission and such.

Florian20 19 2004 7:20AM

I think it did a very good job in showing the distances and the unbelievable obstacles this mission had to cross.

Ryan Abrams44 19 2004 7:44AM

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."

Pete30 19 200410:30AM

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.

Pat50 19 200410:50AM

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!

Mike16 19 2004 7:16PM

Decomposing, actually. ;-)

Søren Dalsgaard30 19 2004 7:30PM

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?

ben30 20 200412:30AM

#5 is ALIVE!!!
I especially liked the entry into Martian atmosphere.

Jack16 20 2004 5:16AM

Great video -- now if only we can keep those damn damn Jawas away from the rover...

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