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James Cameron Wants to Film Mars in 3-D

James Cameron has convinced NASA to mount a 3-D camera on top of Curiosity's mast for the upcoming mission to Mars, scheduled to launch in 2011.

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In this artist's illustration obtained from NASA, NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander is seen entering the Martian atmosphere. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden met with award-winning writer-director James Cameron at NASA Headquarters in Washington on January 19.

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If James Cameron gets his way, Mars could be getting the Pandora treatment when NASA launches its newest rover Curiosity on an ambitious mission to the red planet next year.

The famed "Avatar" director, whose own 3-D camerawork has revolutionized the cinematic industry, has convinced NASA to mount a 3-D camera on top of Curiosity's mast for the upcoming Martian mission, scheduled to launch in 2011.

Cameron believes that including a camera with 3-D capabilities will help engage the public and generate more excitement about Curiosity's work.

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"It's a very ambitious mission. It's a very exciting mission," Cameron said according to the Pasadena Star-News. "(The scientists are) going to answer a lot of really important questions about the previous and potential future habitability on Mars."

Cameron spoke in a Tuesday event at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), which is near NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena where the Curiosity rover is being built.

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