James Cameron Will Take His 3D Cameras To Mars

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Just promise us this won’t be Avatar: The Reality Series and we’re in.

Director James Cameron, the brain trust behind some of the most successful films of all time, has partnered with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Malin Space Science Systems to develop a stereoscopic camera rig for use on Mars. As part of the Mars Science Laboratory, which is set to launch in Fall 2011, the 3D-capable camera will be in use to explore parts of the planet that may have supported microbial life in the past. (That’s right. Life on Mars.)

“Not only a 3D camera, but a 3D motion camera,” the Oscar-winning director told Popular Mechanics. “So if it all goes the way it could, we could be shooting a 3D movie on Mars. No actors, though.” (See a video of James Cameron’s influences.)