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Galactic Adventures: 3D Sun/Mars 3D (3D Blu-ray Review)

18 Dec, 2013 By: John Latchem

$24.98 Blu-ray
Not rated.

Outer space and 3D are two concepts that just seem to go hand in hand, and not just for Earth-bound explorers looking to experience the vicarious thrill of spaceflight. From a scientific standpoint, 3D imaging can be a valuable tool in unlocking key mysteries of the universe.

This Galactic Adventures double feature pairs a couple of museum-exhibit short films that combine both of those aspects to deliver both visual and intellectual stimulation.

In its Blu-ray form, the set is perfect for showing off a 3D television, as the imagery is quite striking, at times almost like looking out a window.

The more interesting of the two is 2007’s 3D Sun, a 23-minute piece that focuses on a pair of satellites called Stereo used to map the sun in 3D across a variety of spectrums. The collected data helps scientists study the build-up and effects of coronal mass ejections and solar winds, which can have impacts on Earth, interfering with sensitive electronics such as GPS and radio systems.

Mars 3D is a 20-minute piece from 2004 that focuses on the launch of the Spirit and Opportunity rovers to Mars, and some of the photographic discoveries that resulted. Only the latter half of the movie is in 3D, when it presents some spectacular 3D images of the Martian surface.


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