Transcript: Space Probes "Spirit Of Mars" | Sep 30, 2004A black opening slate reads "Spirit of Mars."
A large rocket with a white bulbous nose is seen from above on its launching
pad, beside its gantry. A caption reads "Piano Concerto number 21, Wolfgang
(Majestic classical music plays)
The viewpoint moves away, and the rocket is seen from a distance. It ignites,
and clouds of smoke and flame billow from it. A caption reads "Spirit begins
its journey on June 26, 2003." Different clips show stages in the ascent,
including the jettisoning of booster rockets and entry into Earth orbit. A
caption reads "Spirit must travel 500 million kilometers to reach Mars."
Another clip shows the spaceship starting on its interplanetary voyage. Protective
coverings are ejected. A caption reads "Two-thirds of all Mars missions fail
to reach the red planet." An animation shows the yoyo-like final stage which had
been enclosed within the bulbous nose separating from the rest and starting out
into interplanetary space.
Over a hazy image of the red planet, an animation shows the spaceship turning
red-hot as it enters the Martian atmosphere. A caption reads "January 4th
2004, Spirit enters the Martian atmosphere." Another animation shows the craft
ejecting the tetrahedron-shaped Lander, which parachutes down, encased in a
large bubble-wrap. On reaching the surface, it separates from the parachute and
bounces along till it comes to a stop.
A divided screen shows two black and white photos relayed by the Orbiter showing
a hazy landscape and a crater with widish spokes radiating from its center.
A caption reads "Spirit lands in Gusev Crater. Gusev Crater may have been a
lakebed." The bubble-wrap deflates and three triangular "wings" of the Lander open
outward, revealing the Rover, which in turn unfolds into a birdlike platform
featuring a rotating optical finder at the end of a long "neck." A caption reads
"Spirit takes 9 days to unfold itself." The rover sprouts wheels and leaves its
platform. The finder unfolds to reveal two "eyes," and turns to survey the landscape.
A caption reads "During its first working day, Spirit's nine cameras take 3,900
pictures. A clip shows the pictures meshing to form a composite image that shows
relief features of the surrounding landscape, including two conical projections
lying alongside each other. A colour picture shows the red lumpy soil. A caption
reads "Mars's rusty red soil contains iron oxide." Over the image showing Spirit
leaving its platform, a caption reads "Spirit can travel up to 100 meters
per hour. Spirit searches Gusev Crater for signs of water. Spirit is 1.5 meters
tall and 2.2 meters wide. Spirit's robotic arm holds several geological
instruments." The arm unfolds and extends a device with a spinning central
abrador that attaches to a rock and abrades a sample. A caption reads "History's
first rock grind on Mars." The actual black and white photo taken afterwards shows
the circular mark the abrador left on the rock. Another clip shows a rock being
drilled. A caption reads "This rock is named "Adirondack." A spectrometer
evaluates its iron-oxide content." The spectrometer image appears. Over images
of the red lanscape, captions read "Spirit searches for signs of organic life.
Spirit has far exceeded its 3-month lifespan. The view homes out of the animated
Martian scene and fades to black.
(Theme music plays)
the end credits roll.
Executive Producer, Rudy Buttignol.
Producer Director, David Sobelman.
Production Editor, Julian Lannaman.
Footage courtesy of Johnson Space Center Jet Propulsion Lab.
Spirit of Mars. TV Ontario 2004.