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After immersing movie-goers in the dazzling imaginary world of Pandora, "Avatar" director James Cameron is training his 3-D camera on a planet closer to home: Mars.
The Pasadena Star News reported Thursday that the Oscar-winning filmmaker has persuaded NASA to install a high-resolution 3-D camera on the next generation Mars rover, Curiosity, due to launch in 2011.
"(The scientists are) going to answer a lot of really important questions about the previous and potential future habitability of Mars."
"It's a very ambitious mission. It's a very exciting mission," Cameron said. "(The scientists are) going to answer a lot of really important questions about the previous and potential future habitability of Mars."
Originally posted by SLAYER69
He is going to foot the bill right
I'm all for the coolness and possible science behind it. But I smell tax dollars at work. Will he share the profits with NASA?
The Mastcam, MAHLI, and MARDI investigations were selected in 2004 by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in an open competition.
Originally posted by Phage
Cameron is mentioned as "public engagement Co-Investigator". A PR guy?