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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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RE: 3d camera
By Souka on 4/30/2010 11:48:05 AM , Rating: 2
yeah I noticed that too... it's a still camera, not video folks!

See it for yourself here:

Kinda looks like a SLR with a funky lens attached :)

RE: 3d camera
By foursight on 4/30/2010 12:30:15 PM , Rating: 2
So its a 3d stills camera. Thats just dumb in my opinion. They need to put a video camera onboard with a webcam so that anyone can access it via the web at anytime day and night. Imagine seeing a sunset or sunrise on mars or a dust devil in real time as the rover explores the planet. Better still they could point it to the skies to see earth rise or the martian moons, or event jupitor from mars. They should sent it to the top of the huge extinct volcano or to explore the canyon, or the polar ice caps. Where has the imagination gone? Maybe its time for private companies to take over and charge subscription fees on cable tv.

RE: 3d camera
By B3an on 5/1/2010 5:55:33 PM , Rating: 3
They only thing dumb here is you thinking it's possible to have a live video stream all the way from mars, and get any kind of remotely watchable picture considering the bandwidth limits.

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