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[08/03/12 - 06:04 AM]
National Geographic Channel Special Offers Exclusive Animation Of Historic Mars Rover Landing Scheduled To Touch Down On The Martian Planet August 6
"Martian Mega Rover," a one-hour special, premieres on Thursday, August 9, at 10:00/9:00c, just three days after the historic touchdown is expected.

[via press release from National Geographic Channel]

National Geographic Channel Special Offers Exclusive Animation Of Historic Mars Rover Landing Scheduled To Touch Down On The Martian Planet August 6

The Television Special Martian Mega Rover Follows NASA Engineers' Eight-Year Mission to Build, Launch and Land the Most Complicated Rover to Date

Martian Mega Rover Premieres Thursday, August 9, 2012, at 10 p.m. ET/PT

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3, 2012 -- At 1:24 a.m. Eastern time on Monday, August 6, 2012, the Mars Science Laboratory, a.k.a. the Curiosity rover, is scheduled to hit the top of the Martian atmosphere at 13,000 mph. Seven minutes later, the world will know whether it landed safely or punched a new crater in the surface of Mars.

Built to last years and do things on Mars that have never been done before, Curiosity has been hyped as rocket science on steroids. The $2.5 billion mega rover boasts a nuclear power supply, is equipped with a full laboratory that can test samples for organic building blocks of life and can trek across miles of rugged terrain while beaming back to Earth images in high-definition 3-D.

The National Geographic Channel (NGC) will premiere Martian Mega Rover on Thursday, August 9, at 10 p.m. E/PT, just three days after the historic touchdown is expected. The hour-long special includes incredible animation that breaks down each phase of the landing like a scene out of a blockbuster sci-fi movie. Created by Dan Maas, the acclaimed animator who did the IMAX "Roving Mars" and NGC's Emmy winner Five Years on Mars, vivid photorealistic CGI simulates Curiosity's entry into the atmosphere as a massive parachute deploys, rocket thrusters fire up and a sky crane safely lowers the rover to the ground.

Select animation scenes are available:

Parachute Problems:

http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/national-geographic-channel/all-videos/ngc-parachute-problem/

The Sky Crane:

http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/national-geographic-channel/all-videos/ngc-the-sky-crane/

With in-depth, behind-the-scenes access to the elaborate project, Martian Mega Rover also captures the gripping human drama behind every stage of this mission.

A companion e-book, "Mars Landing 2012: Inside NASA's Curiosity Mission," is also available at http://www.facebook.com/NatGeoBooks/app_275204492564378





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