Why go back to Mars? Far from dead, Mars holds untold potential. Nearly half a century of Mars exploration has yielded tantalizing clues that Mars may once have harbored life—and may harbor it still. The extraordinary landing of a revolutionary rover named Curiosity—which successfully touched down inside the Gale Crater—means we have wheels down on the planet once again, in the form of the most sophisticated robot ever to rove the Mars surface. Will NASA's bold mission and this marvel of technology answer some of our biggest questions and usher in a new golden age of exploration? NOVA goes behind the scenes on NASA’s quest to solve the riddles of the red planet.
Music for the IMAX documentary film by George Butler about the Mars Exploration Rover mission.
Score preparation by Nico Mulhy. Score recorded and mixed at Looking Glass Studios, New York. Score engineer: Ichiho Nishiki. Score music production coordinator: Christian Rutledge. Score published by Walt Disney Music Company (ASCAP). Glósóli performed by Sigur Rós. Written by Jon Thor Birgisson, August Aevar, Georg Holm, Kjartan Sveinsson, Orri Pall DyRasson. Published by Universal-Polygram Int. Publ., Inc. on behalf of Universal Music Publ. Ltd. Courtesy of Geffen Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises.