Roving Mars

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Roving Mars
Directed by George Butler
Produced by George Butler
Frank Marshall
Written by Robert Andrus
George Butler
Narrated by Paul Newman (introduction only)
Music by Philip Glass
Sigur Rós
Cinematography T.C. Christensen
Edited by Nancy Baker
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release date
  • January 27, 2006 (2006-01-27)
Running time
40 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1 million[1]
Box office $11 million[2]

Roving Mars is an IMAX documentary film about the development, launch, and operation of the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity.[3] The film uses few actual photographs from Mars, opting to use computer generated animation based on the photographs and data from the rovers and other Mars probes.[4] The film has been released on Blu-ray disc by distributor Disney.

Roving Mars has made over US$10 million as of January 25, 2009.[5]

Roving Mars is also the title of a non-fiction book by MER principal investigator Steve Squyres about the rover mission.


The musical score for Roving Mars was composed by Philip Glass. A soundtrack album was released by Lakeshore Records on June 27, 2006. The album also features the song "Glósóli" by Sigur Rós.


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  2. ^ "Roving Mars (IMAX) (2006)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 3, 2016. 
  3. ^ Pasachoff, Jay (2 March 2006). "Film: Big trip to the red planet". Nature. 440 (7080): 28–29. 
  4. ^ Allis, Sam (2009-01-25). "With 'Roving Mars,' Butler shoots for the stars - The Boston Globe". Retrieved 2012-05-07. 
  5. ^ "Movie Box Office | Highest Grossing Movies - Yahoo! Movies". 2011-04-20. Retrieved 2012-05-07. 

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