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Mars Rover Sports 3-D Cameras Thanks to James Cameron Print E-mail
Friday, 30 April 2010
ImageTaking anything into space is expensive, and cameras are no exception.  Building a camera to survive space travel is bad enough, but when it's a new 3-D camera, the price skyrockets.  That, combined with recent budget cuts, almost made us miss out on 3-D footage of Mars. Luckily for us, there's James Cameron.  The famed director of 'Avatar' and 3-D enthusiast heard about the cut and called up NASA director Charles Bolden.  Then, at a meeting in January, he lobbied for the inclusion of a 3-D camera.

The public has been largely uninterested in space exploration in recent years, and Cameron convinced Bolden that this was a great way to get them back.  The new rover, Curiosity, will be packing a 3-D camera when it launches in 2011.  It looks like we can expect a 3-D Mars experience in IMAX theaters not too long after that.



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