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Dan Maas

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¨  How does it feel like to be in such a huge part of history in the making?
¨
  Is the MER animation video available on DVD or VHS?
¨
  What is your favorite color and why?
¨  What video games do you have?
¨  Do you like NASA?
¨  Are the special effects you do the same as in the movies?
¨  What was your most favorite subject in school and why?
¨  When you got into college, were you nervous about the upgrade in your classes?

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QUESTION:
How old are you now and what does it feel like to be such a huge part of history in the making?

ANSWER from Dan Maas on 6 January 2004:
I am currently 22 years old.  I was fortunate to be at JPL for the landing (although not in the control room)...  The real MER mission has been the most "cinematic" experience of my life... it's like being inside a movie.

Watch Dan's all-new animation in "Mars: Dead or Alive," a NOVA documentary at: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/mars/

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QUESTION:
Is the MER animation video available on DVD or VHS?

ANSWER from Dan Maas on 11 November 2003:
On my website gallery page:
http://www.maasdigital.com/gallery.html
there is a download link for a large (300MB) DVD-quality MPEG-2 stream of the video.

Incidentally, I just finished about 6 minutes of original animation for a PBS NOVA documentary about the MER mission.  It will be shown on PBS the day of the first MER landing.  See: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/mars/

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QUESTION:
What is your favorite color and why?

ANSWER from Dan Maas on 9 November 2002:
I really like sky blue, but I can't think of an explanation for why. :)

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QUESTION:
What video games do you have?

ANSWER from Dan Maas on 9 November 2002:
I have a couple PC games but I most enjoy playing on my brother's Playstation 2.

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QUESTION:
Do you like NASA?

ANSWER from Dan Maas on 9 November 2002:
Of course I like NASA! :)  I am very excited about their upcoming missions, as well as the private and commercial space exploration projects that are starting to appear.

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QUESTION:
Are the special effects you do the same as in the movies?

ANSWER from Dan Maas on 9 November 2002:
Yes, the software and techniques I use to create animations are basically the same as Hollywood studios use.

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QUESTION:
What was your most favorite subject in school and why?

ANSWER from Dan Maas on 9 November 2002:
My favorite subjects were math and physics.  I'm always amazed by how many phenomena can be explained with simple numbers and formulas.

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QUESTION:
When you got into college, were you nervous about the upgrade in your classes?

ANSWER from Dan Maas on 9 November 2002:
Yes, definitely.  The first few weeks were pretty tough, since the professors like to pile on tons of work at the beginning.  But it gets easier once you learn to adjust to their expectations.

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10 January 2004
 

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