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"All creation begins in the mind as a dream"


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This is an overview of the documentary by photographer and filmaker Norman Seeff. "Triumph of the Dream" is a behind the scenes look and the scientist and team from JPL who were responsible for putting the twin rovers (Spirit and Opportunity) on the face of Mars almost 8 years ago.

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"All creation begins in the mind as a dream"

  1. 1. How can you change& inspire the world today? How can you creatively make an impact with the entire world watching. The pure hope of success, with the complete possibility of failure & scrutiny. “ALL CREATION BEGINS IN THE MIND AS A DREAM” ~Norman Seeff~Please accept this special invitation to go behind the scenes of one of the most formidable milestones in human history, space,technology, and the future of OUR Planet.Triumph of the Dream is a documentary that explores the human face of the Mars Explorations Rover mission that landed tworovers on Mars in 2004. It will also reveal a third rover, Curiosity, which will be launched Sunday, August 5th2012 at 1030am. TheCuriosity, a modified, improved rover will be the first of its kind and will expand our knowledge of Mars as a habitable planet.Award winning photographer Norman Seeff, spoke of intensity and determination, a quality Seeff says he saw when hephotographed musical greats Ray Charles and Tina Turner, and film directors Billy Wilder and Martin Scorsese. “Those peoplehave what I call ‘far vision.’ They look out to the future.” commented Seeff. He continued, “The dreamer always has a vision of thepossibilities in the future.”Beginning with Ike & Tina Turner in 1975, Seeff began filming his photo sessions, using them as alaunching point to explore the energy and inspiration of the creative process at work.Seeff returned to photography and the documentation of his sessions in 2000 working with the stars of Paramount Television, adocumentary exploration of the artists journey for Paul Allens Experience Music Project and Caltechs many Nobel ScienceLaureates.It was the latter assignment that led to Seeff being invited to work with the NASA space explorers at the JetPropulsion Laboratory(JPL) and to the production of his documentary film Triumph of the Dream.
  2. 2. Triumph of the Dream reveals the human face of the Mars Exploration mission that landed two rovers on Mars in 2004. In thefilm, Seeff uses the Seven Stage Dynamic of the Creative Process he developed in his photo sessions as the underlying narrativestructure.During an interview with Discover Magazine, he was asked the goal of this project: “The objective is to learn whether Mars everhad conditions at its surface that would have been favorable to life. Mars is a cold, dry, miserable place now, but we havetantalizing clues, mostly from data taken from orbit, that suggest that in the past it may have been very different—warmer andwetter and more Earth-like. So we’ve landed in two places that might have been warmer and wetter in the past”.According to Seeff, the most exciting results so far have been Opportunity’s findings at MeridianiPlanum. “We have compellingevidence that the rocks are made of sulfate salts, to the tune of 30 to 40 percent by weight—an enormous amount—includingone mineral that requires water for its formation and actually contains water itself. What is even more intriguing about this stuffis that because the minerals precipitated from liquid water, they may preserve what was once in that water. If there was somebiochemistry, if there were microorganisms present, those minerals could trap evidence of that for a long time. The best way todefinitively detect that would be to bring the rocks back to a lab on Earth and take them apart.”During the next two decades, NASA will conduct several missions to address whether life ever existed on Mars. The searchbegins with determining whether the Martian environment was ever suitable for life. Life, as humans understand it, requireswater, hence the history of water on Mars is critical to finding out if the Martian environment was ever conducive to life.Although the Mars Exploration Rovers do not have the ability to detect life directly, they offer important information on thehabitability of the environment in the planets history.Seeff is most certainly playing his active part in preservation, environmentalism and awareness. “This is something I feelpassionate about. The American public has spent $800 million to enable this mission. I believe very firmly that those of us whohave the enormous privilege to actually participate in this have an obligation to share this experience, to the greatest extentthat we can, with the people who have made it possible—and to do so in a way that is not heavily laden with scientific jargonand not obscure and difficult to comprehend. We are not doing anything that is so esoteric and so complex that you can’texplain it to people in a very straightforward fashion. I think we are conducting a fantastic, fabulous, and exciting voyage ofexploration and discovery, and we have all the tools that we need, via the Internet and via the media, to take the entire worldalong with us.”