Roving Mars shows the surface of that red planet as seen through the eyes of Spirit and Opportunity, two Mars Exploration Rovers. Filming began in January 2004, when the Rovers landed on Mars. As they explored the rugged terrain, they sent images back to Earth. This footage has been incorporated into the film to give viewers the feeling of actually walking on the planet. The film speculates about the answer to the ages-old question of whether there is, in fact, life on Mars.

Length: 40:00

Film Details

  • Year Released: 2006
  • Date Released:
    January 2006
  • Alternate Titles:
  • Status: In Distribution
  • 3D: No
  • Run Time: 31-50
  • Formats: 15/70
  • Distributor:

    Buena Vista Pictures

  • Produced By:
    Kennedy-Marshall, White Mountain Films
  • Executive Producer: Scott Swofford
  • Producer: George Butler, Frank Marshall
  • Director:  George Butler
  • Associate Producer: 
  • Writer:  Robert Andrus, George Butler
  • Cinematography: T. C. Christensen (DOP), Sandi Sissel, Matthew Williams
  • Sound Editor: 
  • Visual Effects:
  • Music/Score:  Phillip Glass
  • Editor: Nancy Baker
  • Narrator: George Butler
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  • Documentary
  • Space



  • Best Science Film, National Academy of Sciences, 2008.
  • Best Film for Learning, Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA), 2006.
  • Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project, Visual Effects Society, 2007.
  • Grand Prize, La Geode Film Festival, 2007.

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