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James Cameron convinces NASA to bring 3D camera to Mars

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(Read caption) Want to see Mars in 3D? So does director James Cameron, who successfully talked NASA into bringing a 3D camera on the next rover mission.

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Apparently, making the most commercially successful movie in history wasn't enough for James Cameron. Now the famed director of "T2" and "Avatar" has convinced NASA to truck a 3D camera all the way to Mars. That's the news this week from the Pasadena Star-News, which reports that Cameron "lobbied hard" for the inclusion of 3D technology on the 2011 voyage of the Mars rover Curiosity.

Three years ago, NASA had made plans to take a 3D camera to Mars, but the plan was scaled back over budgetary concerns and time-constraints.

This January, Cameron approached NASA administrator Charles Bolden, and suggested that 3D video would help earthbound viewers better understand NASA's Martian missions. Bolden agreed. "It's a very ambitious mission. It's a very exciting mission," Cameron told the Star-News. "[The scientists are] going to answer a lot of really important questions about the previous and potential future habitability of Mars."

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