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November 28, 2012 12:38 PM   Subscribe

Mars Curiosity Rover. A short film by Dan Winters, narrated by members of the team that sent Curiosity on its way.

Featuring the voices of Adam Steltzner, Miguel San Martin, Ann Devereaux and Allen Chen.

Music by Shervin Shaeri
posted by Narrative Priorities (11 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

 
I only made it about halfway. "She is the embodiment of our wonderment, our curiosity as a species..."

Oh, please, fer chrissake. It's a wonderful thing. And it's a wonderful thing without schmaltz and pseudo-mystical music. In fact, I would argue, it's much more wonderful, because schmaltz and music are usually used in drama, and this is real.

Stop jamming emotion down my throat. Just talk to me about what's going on, and what I feel will be far more powerful than anything your crappy propaganda can inspire. Quit mixing fiction into my fact.
posted by Malor at 1:01 PM on November 28, 2012 [2 favorites]


reworded: for chrissake, we don't need invented wonder, when the real wonder is right there.
posted by Malor at 1:02 PM on November 28, 2012


I'm personally a little more forgiving of schmaltz when it's coming from the mouths of the people who built the thing. If anyone's earned the right to be sentimental about Curiosity, it would be them.
posted by Narrative Priorities at 1:14 PM on November 28, 2012 [6 favorites]


well I just died.
posted by The Whelk at 2:13 PM on November 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


For the whelk: .
posted by Hobgoblin at 2:29 PM on November 28, 2012


Adam Steltzner can be as schmoopy as he wants about Curiosity forever after the insanity that was its landing procedure worked flawlessly.

(New interview with the team at GQ.)
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 2:30 PM on November 28, 2012 [2 favorites]


Today brings us this related (and very cute) video - Cool things to find.
posted by Catblack at 2:36 PM on November 28, 2012 [3 favorites]


Curiosity: I shall leave you as you left me. As you left her. Marooned for all eternity at the center of a dead planet. Buried alive...buried alive.
Nasa: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
posted by blue_beetle at 2:41 PM on November 28, 2012 [2 favorites]


Stop jamming emotion down my throat. Just talk to me about what's going on, and what I feel will be far more powerful than anything your crappy propaganda can inspire. Quit mixing fiction into my fact.

The engineers and designers of early American rocketry devoured scifi. Tomorrow engineers and designers are doing the same thing with these videos.

Rock on, children.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 3:23 PM on November 28, 2012 [2 favorites]


/nerdboner
posted by herbplarfegan at 3:40 PM on November 28, 2012


I found this really neat video on how the team who organized the descent of the Mars Curiosity Rover, called the 7 minutes of terror. I ended up showing it to my 5th grade class during a unit on the solar system and they loooved it!
posted by ruhroh at 5:14 PM on November 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


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