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Genre  Documentary, Short
Music director  Philip Glass, Sigur Ros
Country  United States
7.4/10 IMDb


Director  George Butler
Initial DVD release  July 31, 2007
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Language  English
Roving Mars movie poster
Release date  2006 (2006)
Writer  George Butler, Robert Andrus, George Butler (narration)
Cast  Paul Newman (Himself (Introduction)), Steve Squyres (Himself), Rob Manning (Himself), Charles Elachi (Himself), Wayne Lee (Himself), George Butler (Narration)
Similar movies  The Martian, Space Station 3D, Space Junk 3D, Destiny in Space, Paperman, IMAX 3D Deep Sea
Tagline  A Whole New World Awaits.

Roving Mars is an IMAX documentary film about the development, launch, and operation of the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity. The film uses few actual photographs from Mars, opting to use computer generated animation based on the photographs and data from the rovers and other Mars probes. The film has been released on Blu-ray disc by distributor Disney.

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Roving Mars has made over US$10 million as of January 25, 2009.

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Roving Mars is also the title of a non-fiction book by MER principal investigator Steve Squyres about the rover mission.

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Roving mars exploration of the red planet with steven squyres


Music

The musical score for Roving Mars was composed by Philip Glass. A soundtrack album was released by Lakeshore Records on June 27, 2006. The album also features the song "Glósóli" by Sigur Rós.

Reception

Roving Mars received positive reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes reports a 70% rating based on 37 reviews, with an average rating of 6.8/10. Its consensus states that "Roving Mars is a decent thrill ride even when it starts feeling like a commercial plug for NASA's failing space program."

Entertainment Weekly gave the film a B-, stating that "Only a series of pics featuring a set of strange little nodes that look like blueberries planted in a pile of red rocks carry any kind of translatable otherworldly kick." The New York Post called it a "splendidly photographed 2D IMAX film." The Boston Globe said "Despite audiences knowing the happy ending from the get-go, [director] [George] Butler manages to inject considerable drama."

Conversely, the Los Angeles Times claimed, "Not having a way to capture images of the machines at work means that too much of Butler's film... is disappointingly made up of computer simulations.", while the San Francisco Chronicle claimed that "There aren't enough pyrotechnics in the paltry 40-minute run time to justify the ticket price."

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Roving Mars Wikipedia
Roving Mars Rotten TomatoesRoving Mars MetacriticRoving Mars IMDb Roving Mars themoviedb.org


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