The Opportunity Mars Rover movie is coming – watch the trailer

While NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover tends to get all the attention these days, a new documentary from Amblin Entertainment and Amazon Studios gives us the opportunity to celebrate two more Mars rovers that paved the way. to the current mission Perseverance.

good night Oppywhich lands on Prime Video on November 24 after a limited theatrical release on November 4, uses archival footage, computer animations and talking heads to tell the story of Opportunity and its rover twin Spirit, two vehicles from NASA who landed on the red planet in 2004.

A big part of what makes the story remarkable is the longevity of the two rover missions. NASA had planned 90-day programs for Opportunity and Spirit, but they ended up exploring the Martian surface for 15 years and 6 years, respectively.

A trailer for the documentary was released this week. You can watch it below.

Directed by Ryan White (The Case Against 8, Ask Dr Ruth), good night Oppy has so far received largely warm reviews.

Daniel Fienberg of The Hollywood Reporter, for example, called him “A spirited celebration of unapologetic nerdism and enthusiastic problem-solving, the kind of film that seems designed to appeal to Wall-E-loving kids, who can then be molded into the engineers and astrophysicists of the future.”

He described the documentary as “a glossy advertisement” for NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the NASA center that oversees the space agency’s missions to Mars, adding: “White’s greatest asset is the images of different rover control and meeting rooms over two decades. Virtually crisis by crisis, good night Oppy takes us through various disasters experienced by Spirit and Opportunity – impending sandstorms, sensors clogged with dust, machinery inoperative – and breaks down the steps in the process that allowed them to overcome each fight with adversity.

Variety’s Peter Debruge also noted the film’s potential to inspire the younger generation, calling good night Oppy an “ideal choice for classrooms: a hands-on demonstration of applied science, showing how designers work with engineers and where human contributions in these areas can take us.” Simply put, it’s a standout example that’s sure to get kids excited about STEM. »

He added, “The meek may inherit the earth, but it’s the nerds of tomorrow who will take us to Mars.”

During their explorations of Mars, Opportunity and Sprit showed that the distant planet once hosted humid and warm conditions potentially suitable for life, findings that have inspired the current Perseverance team to search for evidence of ancient life. the low.

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