NASA will bring a 3D camera on its next Mars rover mission, thanks to director James Cameron.
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."