The Big Think

January 20, 2004

Spirit Video

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 12:25 pm

via maasdigital. If you liked the short video segments the media played around the time Spirit landed on Mars, you won’t want to miss the extended edition video. It’s about 8 minutes long and features some incredibly beautiful images of the rover launching, traveling in space, landing on Mars, and going about its mission. Top-notch animation. Not for the faint-of-connection, this wonderful CGI piece by Dan Maas puts you on the red planet. My favorite shot (among many) is the opening pullback from Mars (there’s my preference for scale again).
If you have a broadband connection, don’t miss it (and turn up the volume).


  1. That is a very cool animation, I’m definitely bookmarking that page.

    I wish they could have found a way to incorporate the actual Mars photos taken by Spirit.

    Comment by Mark Millard — January 22, 2004 @ 9:12 am

  2. Yes! I thought of that too. How cool it would be if, during the animation, they could have cut to a real photo.
    I think the reason they didn’t do this is that this guy was hired long ago to create the video when (if) the mission made it to the surface successfully. Guess he’s glad all his work wasn’t wasted.

    Comment by JasonY — January 22, 2004 @ 9:17 am

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