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Parents' Guide to

Roving Mars

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

NASA sends robots to explore Mars in IMAX docu.

Movie G 2006 40 minutes
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Computer-generated images simulating take-off, flight, and landings make this documentary beautiful and informative. Anyone interested in humankind's highest achievements in space exploration will be inspired by the hard work that went into conceiving and building the robots seen here. Though tRoving Mars isn't the most dramatic documentary, once the robot design problems are solved, simulations show that the parachutes designed to break the fall at landing are exploding, and the engineers must design new ones as the deadline for launch nears. Scientists who worked on the project explain the instrumentation on board, including cameras, microscopes, drilling tools, and spectrometers. As one puts it, in any major project, setbacks are guaranteed, and that's not a bad philosophy for getting through life.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: January 27, 2006
  • On DVD or streaming: July 31, 2007
  • Director: George Butler
  • Studio: Disney+
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Character Strengths: Perseverance
  • Run time: 40 minutes
  • MPAA rating: G
  • Last updated: February 18, 2023

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