Monday, March 06, 2006

roving mars

After a failed attempt to meet up with a therapist this morning, I checked out Roving Mars, an interesting and exciting IMAX film about the incredible story of the NASA rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, and their remarkable sojourn to the Red Planet. The 60 minute film details the creation of the rovers and the various problems that the teams of scientists and engineers faced throughout the project. The animation of the space flight and the vistas of Mars are pretty cool. Roving Mars does a earnest job, I think, at anthropomorphizing Spirit and Opportunity. It's evident by the scientists' passion that they have come to see these pioneering robots as their children (of a sort). Through the achievements of Spirit and Opportunity, NASA shows once again that its scientists and engineers are some of the most talented individuals that America has. It's a shame, I think, that our government and public don't support them more. There's serious science that hangs in the balance. At a time when the quality of our education system is in question and our students fair poorly in math and science, it would be great if the nation undertook a serious initiative to bolster our science programs with NASA playing a key role.

Click the image above to learn more about the film.


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