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2012 – This documentary tells the gripping, inside story of how those ambitious plans collided with enormous technical challenges and setbacks that doubled the budget and forced the launch date to slip more than two years. Veteran writer/producer/director Mark Davis, whose Emmy winning 2008 NGC production Five Years on Mars told the story of the Spirit and Opportunity mission, spent years embedded with the engineers and scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, capturing the dramatic mix of anxiety, despair, and elation that played out over the long struggle to get the Curiosity rover to the launch pad and on its way to Mars. He describes the experience: “The work these people do and the way they handle pressure is the most impressive thing I’ve ever seen. It’s been a privilege to watch it happen it from the inside.” Along with the human drama, Davis also brings the rover to life, visualizing the challenges it will face landing and operating on Mars with vivid, photorealistic CGI by Mars visual effects specialist Dan Maas.

The $2.5 billion mega rover boasts a nuclear power supply, is equipped with a full laboratory that can test samples for organic building blocks of life, and can trek across miles of rugged terrain while beaming back to Earth images in high-definition 3-D. Weighing in at nearly a ton, five times heavier than its predecessors, Curiosity challenged its creators every step of the way, forcing a radical new approach to landing. When Curiosity approached Mars traveling 14,000 miles per hour, the spacecraft flawlessly executed a complex series of pre-programmed events leading up to the moment when a radical new touch-down system called the sky crane, hovering on a set of rockets, lowered the rover to the surface of Mars directly on its wheels.

After years of testing, re-testing and even more testing, the hard work of thousands of people culminated during seven short minutes on August 6, 2012. Davis and NGC were at JPL’s headquarters during the rover landing, documenting the sheer excitement of a monumental success. Footage shot by Davis, combined with control room footage from JPL and NASA-TV, will be inserted into the final minutes of the Martian Mega Rover special, offering viewers a complete perspective of every phase of the project.

With original, high-fidelity CGI and unparalleled access behind the scenes, Martian Mega Rover offers a rare insight into the stomach-churning emotions involved in delivering a $2.5 billion robot to another planet.

 

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Collapse – An Ex-CIA Agent Talks About Peak Oil and Collapse of Civilization

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Americans generally like to hear good news. They like to believe that a new president will right old wrongs, that clean energy will replace dirty oil and that fresh thinking will set the economy straight. American pundits tend to restrain their pessimism and hope for the best. But is anyone prepared for the worst?

Meet Michael Ruppert, a different kind of American. A former Los Angeles police officer turned independent reporter, he predicted the current financial crisis in his self-published newsletter, From the Wilderness, at a time when most Wall Street and Washington analysts were still in denial. Director Chris Smith has shown an affinity for outsiders in films like American Movie and The Yes Men. In Collapse, he departs stylistically from his past documentaries by interviewing Ruppert in a format that recalls the work of Errol Morris and Spalding Gray.

Sitting in a room that looks like a bunker, Ruppert recounts his career as a radical thinker and spells out the crises he sees ahead. He draws upon the same news reports and data available to any Internet user, but he applies a unique interpretation. He is especially passionate about the issue of peak oil, the concern raised by scientists since the seventies that the world will eventually run out of fossil fuel. While other experts debate this issue in measured tones, Ruppert doesn’t hold back at sounding an alarm, portraying an apocalyptic future. Listening to his rapid flow of opinions, the viewer is likely to question some of the rhetoric as paranoid or deluded, and to sway back and forth on what to make of the extremism. Smith lets viewers form their own judgments.

Collapse also serves as a portrait of a loner. Over the years, Ruppert has stood up for what he believes in despite fierce opposition. He candidly describes the sacrifices and motivators in his life. While other observers analyze details of the economic crisis, Ruppert views it as symptomatic of nothing less than the collapse of industrial civilization itself.
 

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5 comments to Collapse – An Ex-CIA Agent Talks About Peak Oil and Collapse of Civilization

  • patty

    AWSOME, I VERY MUCH AGREE with this presention.America wake up!
    SEARCH YOUR SOULS OR DIE. To ignore facts, is to perish. Start now to care for your life and that your children. ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE.
    gOD HELP YOU …….QWIKSLVER

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  • Strayhorse

    Disinfo. Why would anyone EVER trust a CIA operative to tell the truth? Especially when it is common knowledge that most law enforcement officers have been coached on how to lie on their reports and during trials. C’mon, who is this operative beholding to?

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    • The fact that he was thrown out from the CIA and attemps on nhis life alone is reason enough to listen. He was also thrown out of law enforcement is another reason to listen and the fact that what he predicted is happening right now is reason enough. Apparently you are still thinking like a caveman.

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  • H5mind

    The tagline is misleading, as Michael Ruppert was never a CIA agent. He was invited to join “the family business” while an LA cop, but refused. His book ‘Crossing the Rubicon’ should be required reading for anyone considering a career in law enforcement, finance, or politics.

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