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Artists Concept of Curiosity  (Source: NASA)
Cameron convinced NASA not to cut the 3D camera from the rover design

2010 is the year of 3D entertainment by all accounts. 3D TVs and Blu-ray players are coming to the marketplace and the consumer market is starting to embrace 3D in the home. 3D films are also hitting theaters in increasing numbers, raising the profile of 3D technology even further.

The biggest film to ever hit 3D and the most successful movie at the box office ever was James Cameron's
Avatar. Avatar broke box office records around the world and the sales of the film on Blu-ray are breaking home entertainment records as well. James Cameron's name is synonymous with 3D today thanks to the success of the Avatar film.

Cameron has now teamed up with NASA to help design a 3D camera that will be placed aboard the next Mars rover dubbed Curiosity. Curiosity is currently slated to launch towards Mars in 2011. Plans for a 3D camera aboard the rover were reportedly scrapped due to budget concerns earlier in the project.

CNET News reports that Cameron stepped in and convinced NASA to include the 3D camera on the rover. CBS News reports that Cameron explained to NASA administrators that a rover with a 3D camera would help people connect with the mission.

The new 3D camera is now being built by Malin Space Science Systems and lists Cameron as a co-investigator in the project. The Curiosity rover has the official name Mars Science Laboratory and it is being sent to Mars to study whether or not the planet has or could support microbial life.

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By Lord 666 on 4/30/2010 11:13:37 AM , Rating: 2
James Cameron, famed Director of Terminator, Titanic, and Avatar, has awarded the troubled Space Agency 1 Billion dollars to use on several upcoming projects. It is reported to include a 3D cameras for rovers and other much needed equipment. In exchange for the grant, Cameron will receive naming rights for upcoming missions along with an entire Space Shuttle once it is decommissioned.

By Nfarce on 4/30/2010 12:59:43 PM , Rating: 1
Maybe I'm the only one who finds irony in the fact that Cameron has an unapologetic wretched contempt for American capitalism, corporations, and the free market (as seen in the anti-corporate tone of Avatar) yet has no problem making billions from it.

For his own part, Mr. Cameron said he was proudly anti-corporate though not anti-American. “It’s the nature of business, it’s the nature of all the economies of the last thousand years,” he said, to “just take” what they want.

So typical of the hypocrisies coming out of the Hollywood elitists (and Washington politicians for that matter).

By Treckin on 4/30/2010 2:29:24 PM , Rating: 3
I dont care enough to respond :(

By GTVic on 5/3/2010 1:20:02 AM , Rating: 2
Maybe he could grant us with a plot and dialog not written for (or maybe by) 10-year olds in his next movie.

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