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Moonpaws
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posted 02-19-2006 11:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moonpaws   Click Here to Email Moonpaws     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Roving Mars was absolutely spectacular. This is a must see production.

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posted 02-19-2006 10:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fra Mauro   Click Here to Email Fra Mauro     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just saw the Rover IMAX at the Cradle of avaiton Museum on Long Island. It was incredible and I highly recommend it to all

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posted 02-19-2006 10:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ben   Click Here to Email Ben     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And I just saw it on my visit to NYC for the weekend.

I thought it was very good. I wish the launch scene (particularly the actual footage) did not go so fast so I could soak it in more. But overall it was very enjoyable and well done. Beautiful camera work inside the cleanroom.

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posted 03-12-2006 08:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Astro Bill   Click Here to Email Astro Bill     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tonight I was treated to a viewing of Roving Mars as a birthday present from my son. He knows of my interest in the space program.

The movie is very impressive and interesting. This is particularly true of the launch sequence. I did not know that the launch sequence was so complicated with so many different rockets turning on and off. After cruising to Mars for seven months the lander plummeted through the atmosphere and bounced to a landing surrounded by large balloons. I had seen these animations on TV before, but seeing them on IMAX made a big difference.

The complexity of both Spirit and Opportunity was apparent as was the endurance capability of these golf-cart size craft, that have functioned years beyond their life expectancy. Even today they are both working on Mars surveying the terrain and sampling the rocks and minerals. At times, the angle of the special-effects camera made the spacecraft appear to be much larger than their actual size.

Actual images from the spacecraft were mixed with recreations of the movements of both Spirit and Opportunity produced by the Disney studios.

At the end of the 35-minute film I was left with two impressions: 1) that the film was too short. I have seen longer reports on Spirit and Opportunity on the Discovery/Science Channel. and 2) that MAN will some day land on the Red Planet. The film gave me the impression that the mission, while extremely complicated, was a manageable situation for a human crew. I realize that a manned mission will be many times more complicated and many times more expensive. But now it appears to be a possibility. Mars did not appear to be an "alien planet."

I recommend the film, in spite of its brevity. You will have plenty of time left after the film to go to your favorite restaurant for dinner as we did.

Another review of this film is shown here:
http://www.comingsoon.net/news/reviewsnews.php?id=12908

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posted 03-13-2006 12:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Astro Bill:
At the end of the 35-minute film I was left with two impressions: 1) that the film was too short.
Good IMAX movies on space stuff are always too short!

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posted 10-13-2006 06:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Some footage of the Roving Mars movie can be watched on this page:
http://www.kpbs.org/tv/programs/full_focus?id=6200

as part of a TV interview clip.

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posted 10-16-2006 11:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dwayne Day   Click Here to Email Dwayne Day     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by tegwilym:
Good Imax movies on space stuff are always too short!

There's a reason--Imax uses a big film and when that is all wound up, it is really large. This creates a limit of how long they can run a single film strip.

I don't know how they solve this when they show popular movies in Imax format. I sort of suspect that they are not true Imax.

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