18 years ago
NASA put out, covering the launch, flight, landing and roving of the
current Mars mission. I, for one, consider this video to be one of
NASA's best releases of this kind of material. It's superbly done. The
segments which comprise the whole been used innumerable times on news
media world wide.
There's a couple notes I'd like to pass along to folks regarding this
First, it was produced with a sound track. The launch/flight sequence
uses Lenny Kravitz's "Fly Away" (lyrics at
music and the lyrics go together with the video in the same superb
manner as the video production itself. The second segment (approach
and landing) uses Holst's "Mars" from The Planets, and is equally
good. The third segment, I frankly can't recall the music, but it's a
haunting electronic thing that fits very well with the rovers'
Now, the video is available from NASA for free. You can download it,
and you can also receive it on tape from them (a benefit of their
being a publically funded agency). Unfortunately, due to licensing
agreements, you cannot obtain a copy of the video with the sound
track. UNLESS, you are a K-12 educators. For them, it's available, and
free for the asking. Not being a widely publicized thing, I don't have
a link or email for this, but a little pushing on a local NASA
PR/media contact person, and anyone with K-12 educator credentials
should be able to get it.
The second factoid is regarding the credits. One name in the credits
is the Mars rover mission director, as "technical consultant". The
other name is that of a guy named "Dan Maas". He did the entire thing
by himself, while serving as a summer intern student with NASA. He
just so happens to have started a company for doing this sort of work.
I'm not posting that to advertise for him, but rather because I think
that he's received far too little recognition for the excellent work.
As his page says, the video, with 6 new minutes of material, will be
included on NOVA's "Mars, Dead or Alive" on PBS, Jan. 4 and Jan 6.
You can watch (though not download) his work in Quicktime format from
his website. The video is missing some portions from the original, and
does not have the same soundtrack (no Lenny Kravitz) at
but he put the same editing
skills into it. Watch how the music from Holst matches the action.