The Other side of mars

The Other side of mars

For the very first time, scientists open the doors to the heart of the NASA center where the Rover that photographs Mars is operated.

Every day, from her desk at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, Vandana Verma travels across the face of Mars, taking pictures of its surface as she controls the Curiosity Rover ever since it landed on the red planet.

Navigating the rover in the Martian terrain relies to a large part on the images taken there, assembling them and interpreting them. The scientists use the highest technological tools and the photographs that the Rover sends every day to try to decipher the Martian landscape and draw a map of the planet in order to understand its complexity.

The film creates a philosophical journey into the intriguing world of Mars science. Through the lenses of various transdisciplinary experts we learn how NASAs’ images are made, used and manipulated for the sake of science, but also for public information.

Mars is the ideal place for an investigation into our paradoxical relationship to photography. Do images reflect reality or shape it ?


Partner(s) : Napafilms

Broadcaster(s) : YLE

Director(s) : Minna Långström

Author(s) : Minna Långström

Year : 2019

Duration : 4K - 55' minutes

Festival(s) :

  • RAW SCIENCE 2020
  • Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival 2019: Best Testimony on Knowledge 2019
  • Imagine Science Film Festival 2019
  • InScience Festival 2019
  • Buffalo International Film Festival 2019
  • Docpoint 2019
  • BIFF Bergen International Film Festival 2019
  • Jaipur 2019
  • Red Rock FIlm Festival 2019: SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
  • Environmental Film Festival Australia 2020

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