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February 25, 2002
It's a Wrap for New IMAX® Film Space Station
STS-104 Shuttle Launch is Final Filming Mission for First-Ever IMAX 3D Space Film
Daily Departures Begin April 19, 2002

LOS 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.

SPACE 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.

Produced 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.

SPACE 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.

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.

SPACE 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 space travel.

Twenty-five 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.

IMAX 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.

At 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 research station.

For 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.

Through 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 Martin partnership.

Note 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.

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