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Roving Mars - George Butler

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A whole new world awaits.

This documentary will transport audiences to the Red Planet. The film will use high definition stereoscopic images by two Mars Exploration Rovers (MERs) during their ground mission on the planet in early 2004. These images will then be enhanced and manipulated so that audiences will feel like they are actually walking on Mars.

Is there life on Mars? Imax will take you there to find out.

Roving Mars, the thrilling true story of the 2003 mission to Mars in search of life, will show at IMAX Melbourne from 16 August.

Disney Pictures and IMAX Theatre Melbourne are presenting this incredible tale on the big screen. Taking audiences on the space journey of a lifetime, the film includes clear high definition images of Mars' surface, as well as the powerful and emotional story of the creation of intrepid robot explorers, Spirit and Opportunity.

Roving Mars was directed by the highly acclaimed George Butler and produced by Academy Award-nominated Frank Marshal.

“The previous two missions had failed, so on the day of landing you could cut the tension with a knife. IMAX cameras had exclusive behind the scenes access, so the audience have the best of it all, feeling the emotion from day one and getting to ‘walk' the surface with the rovers upon their landing,” explains Chief Scientist Steve Squyres, who was one of the driving forces of the expedition.

Rovers Spirit and Opportunity actually had to survive on Mars, but everyone else intimately involved in the mission also got a taste of what life was like on the Red Planet. Today, the two rovers are still functioning, and NASA has just commissioned funding to extend the project until at least September 2007.

“The Mars Rovers have been amazing over-achievers. They were originally designed to last for 3 months but have now been going on Mars for over 3 years. In that time they have made important discoveries such as finding evidence that liquid water once flowed on the red planet,” explains Dr Martin Bush, Astronomer, Melbourne Planetarium at Scienceworks.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film documentary Mars lander space rover rocks Red Planet explore

Persons of interest

  • George Butler .... Director

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Special Agent Matti

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40 minutes (0:40 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 30 March 2006 - Sydney
Film: 16 August 2007 - Melbourne

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