Daily Departures Begin April 19, 2002
ANGELES - Daily departures to the International
Space Station, via IMAX® theatres worldwide,
will begin April 19, 2002 with the release
of the new Lockheed Martin-sponsored IMAX film,
SPACE STATION, an out-of-this-world adventure
in 3D, coming soon to the California Science
Center IMAX Theater. This 3D epic allows viewers
to float in zero gravity and witness an endless
cosmic panorama. Viewers can journey alongside
astronauts at the first international outpost
in space. The film is larger-than-life on the
Science Center's enormous 7-story IMAX screen
with the latest 3D technology and a 12,000
watt digital surround sound system.
STATION, which heralds from the makers of The
Dream is Alive, Blue Planet, Destiny in Space,
and Mission to MIR comes another strikingly beautiful
and technically challenging film epic: the first-ever
IMAX 3D film from space. SPACE STATION is the
story of the greatest engineering feat since
landing a man on the Moon: the on-orbit assembly
of the International Space Station, as it travels
220 miles above Earth at 17,500 mph.
by IMAX Space Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary
of IMAX Corporation, and sponsored by Lockheed
Martin Corporation, in cooperation with the National
Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA),
SPACE STATION builds on the IMAX-Lockheed Martin
heritage that began almost 20 years ago and now
has produced five major large-screen films.
STATION is the first cinematic journey to the
International Space Station (ISS) - where audiences
can experience for themselves life in zero gravity
aboard the new station. Transported by the magic
of the IMAX®3D technology, the audience blasts
off into space with the astronauts and cosmonauts
from Florida's Kennedy Space Center and Russia's
Baikonur Cosmodrome to rendezvous with their
new home in orbit 220 miles above Earth. Now
people of every age and language can work side
by side with their space-walking crewmates, building
and inhabiting this unprecedented structure in
space. The International Space Station is a technical
marvel, unparalleled in scope and challenge.
The astronauts and cosmonauts share the tensions
and triumphs of their greatest challenge: hours
of painstaking and dangerous teamwork in the
deadly vacuum of space, to put the pieces together.
The International Space Station is not humanity's
first space station, as the Russian SALYUT and
MIR, as well as U.S. SKYLAB preceded this effort,
however, it is a truly international effort to
create a permanent research facility in space.
STATION is the story of this unique partnership
of 16 nations building a laboratory in outer
space, a permanent facility for the study of
the effects of long-duration exposure to zero
gravity, and the necessary first step towards
the global, cooperative effort needed if we are
to go to Mars someday. The new IMAX-Lockheed
Martin film is a home movie from humanity's home-away-from-home.
STATION challenges the mind and fulfills our
human need for space exploration. To produce
its first-ever 3D film from space, IMAX Corporation
used innovative new 3D technology to design and
integrate two new IMAX® 3D cameras into the
Space Station and Shuttle to enable astronauts
to film this unmatched epic into 21st Century
astronauts and cosmonauts, who were trained as
filmmakers, used specially-designed IMAX 3D space
cameras to shoot more than 66,000 feet, (or 12
miles) of 65mm film in space between December
1998 and July 2001. This IMAX adventure takes
audiences on an incredible cinematic journey
of discovery from the Kennedy Space Center to
the International Space Station orbiting at the
speed of 17,500 mph, some 220 miles above Earth.
cameras traveled from Kazakhstan to Houston,
from Kennedy Space Center to 220 miles above
Earth into zero gravity to document for history
one of the most challenging engineering feats
since landing a man on the Moon: the on-orbit
construction of the International Space Station.
the speed of 17,500 mph, IMAX audiences will
be able to join astronauts and cosmonauts from
the United States, Canada, Japan, Russia and
Europe, as they construct a truly international
outpost in space. SPACE STATION stars astronauts
and cosmonauts, who collectively have spent thousands
of hours in space. The IMAX cameras captured
seven Space Shuttle crews and two resident station
crews, as they transformed the International
Space Station into a permanently inhabited scientific
more than 15 years, Myers and her colleagues,
Consulting Producer and IMAX Co-founder Graeme
Ferguson, and Director of Photography James Neihouse,
have been training astronauts to be cinematographers,
directors, sound mixers and lighting technicians.
Last month, NASA astronauts awarded James Neihouse
with the coveted "Silver Snoopy" Award,
for his "continuing superlative support
to America's space program.
IMAX films, the world has had a window into the
exploration of space from both the technical
and human side, giving NASA the most successful
and awesome outreach of any venue.
More than 70 million people worldwide have been
able to explore space through the IMAX-Lockheed
to Editors: California
Science Center, located at 700 State Drive
in Exposition Park, Los Angeles, is open daily
from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Thanksgiving,
Christmas and New Year's Day. Admission to
the exhibitions is free. For recorded information
on IMAX show times, phone (213) 744-7400. For
advance ticket purchases, group rates, or to
make reservations for any visiting group of
15 or more (required), call (213) 744-2019.
Parking is available in the guest lot at Figueroa
and 39th Street for $6 per car. Both the Science
Center and IMAX Theater are wheelchair accessible.
For general information, phone (323) SCIENCE
or visit our website at www.casciencectr.org.