Cameron’s Camera

Avatar’s creator hopes to direct the first movies shot on Mars.

The Mastcam camera on the Mars Science Laboratory rover (shown here exercising in a rock yard at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory) has two "eyes" (the black squares) for binocular vision. (NASA/ JPL)

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That’s also what motivates Ravine, a planetary geologist by training. He agrees with the NASA project manager who said, after a review of the plan to upgrade Mastcam, “I want my grandkids to be able to see this stuff.”

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