This year, countless film lovers were entranced with James Cameron’s alien world in his award-winning film, Avatar. Now, the director will put his camera skills to use to help NASA shoot Mars in 3D.
According to DVice.com, Cameron met with NASA administrator Charles Bolden to pitch the idea of including a 3D camera on the space agency’s rover, Curiosity. Curiosity will launch toward Mars next year.
The Pasadena Star News reports that the director was able to convince Bolden that a rover with a better set of eyes would be critical to help the public connect with Curiosity’s mission. According to Vanity Fair, Cameron has been appointed the "public engagement co-investigator" of the mission.
But the director also thinks this 3D camera will help scientists gain a better understanding of the Martian world. "It’s a very exciting mission," Cameron told the newspaper. "[The scientists are] going to answer a lot of really important questions about the previous and potential future habitability of Mars."
If people do, indeed, head to Mars by 2030 as President Barack Obama predicts, this footage could be some of the most important work in the Oscar winner’s career.
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