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Ecliptic Collaborator Maas Digital Nominated for Emmy

2005 Jul 07

Hollywood, CA – 2005 Jul 7.  Maas Digital, Ecliptic's provider of video editing, compositing and animation services, has been nominated for an Emmy award by the National Television Academy.

Ecliptic has relied on Maas Digital since 2002 for all professional video-related services in support of Ecliptic's RocketCam™ onboard video system product line. Ithaca, New York-based Maas Digital performs all post-mission video processing to prepare RocketCam video highlights for use on Ecliptic's website and for Ecliptic's business development and marketing efforts. Maas Digital also prepares the content for Ecliptic's popular RocketCam Greatest Hits DVD.

"I enjoy working with Ecliptic's fantastic library of onboard RocketCam video," said Maas Digital's founder and CEO Dan Maas. "Each new clip provides more inspiration for my computer graphics work."

The Emmy nomination is for the 26th Annual News and Documentary Awards in the category of Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Graphic and Artistic Design for the NOVA series special aired on PBS entitled Mars Dead or Alive. Maas is credited as the animator for this special, which, along with a companion special entitled Welcome to Mars, chronicled the journey to Mars of the twin NASA Mars Exploration Rover (MER) missions Spirit and Opportunity in search for evidence of past water.

Maas' stunning animationsof the end-to-end MER mission depicting launch, insertion onto a Mars transfer orbit, Mars entry, descent and landing and MER rover surface operations raised the bar for realism in space-mission animation circles and captured the attention of the world in late 2003 and early 2004, becoming in various media channels nearly iconic representations of the actual mission.

"The onboard RocketCam views from prior Delta II missions provided me with invaluable reference material for the launch-phase animations," commented Maas. "In particular, the forward-looking view of the MER spacecraft spin-up and separation was inspired by RocketCam video from the 2001 Mars Odyssey mission. Without that video, I could not have portrayed the correct physics of this complex maneuver."

See also a news release from Cornell University, Mass' alma mater.

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