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April 17, 2002
NEW IMAX FILM TAKES MOVIEGOERS ON 3D SPACE STATION TOUR NASA astronauts-turned-film-makers will be joined by Hollywood's top gun at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington tonight to help launch the first 3D cinematic journey to the International Space Station. The new IMAX 3D movie "SPACE STATION 3D," photographed by NASA astronauts, Russian cosmonauts and narrated by Academy Award nominee Tom Cruise, premieres Wednesday night at a special event at the museum's newly renovated theater. Cruise, along with NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe and a host of dignitaries and aerospace executives, is expected to be on hand for the movie's debut. Lockheed Martin sponsors the film in cooperation with NASA. Transported by the visually stunning effects of IMAX 3D technology, moviegoers blast off into space with the astronauts and cosmonauts who are hard at work building the most complicated research project ever attempted. "The 3D imagery captured by the IMAX cameras allows those of us on the ground to experience life in the weightlessness of space," said NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe. "It's an amazing piece of work that we hope may help inspire a new generation of explorers. You see what it's really like to live in orbit, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, traveling around the world at more than 17,000 miles per hour." Between December 1998 and August 2000, more than 13 miles of film flew into space for use in two IMAX 3D cameras. Working closely with IMAX, 25 astronauts and cosmonauts were trained to use the high-tech equipment. They had to learn how to be directors, cinematographers, and lighting and sound experts.
"We at Lockheed Martin are proud to have helped in educating millions around the world on both the importance of space to our planet's future and the joy of working and living in orbit," said Dennis Boxx, Lockheed Martin's Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications. "Through these films, the corporation has helped foster international understanding of space, build stronger relations with our NASA customer, and aided the National Air and Space Museum by providing a series of films that have generated visitors to our country's most import and popular museum." The successful team of NASA, IMAX and Lockheed Martin has produced five challenging and inspiring space films, including "The Dream Is Alive" (1985), "Blue Planet" (1990), "Destiny in Space" (1994) and "Mission to Mir" (1997), exposing people around the world to the wonders of space exploration. This latest achievement details the challenges, setbacks and ultimately the shared victory of the pioneering men and women who are making possible the first international space laboratory. "Space Station" is the story of the unique partnership of 16 nations to build a permanent science outpost in low Earth orbit. "We are very excited by the enthusiasm "SPACE STATION 3D" is generating in the IMAX theatre network," said IMAX co-CEOs Richard L. Gelfond and Bradley J. Wechsler. "Only a handful of highly skilled individuals will ever actually travel to space but the astronauts and cosmonauts involved in this project have told us that only IMAX captures their experience and recreates the excitement and awe that they have felt in this unique environment. We believe that this groundbreaking film will inspire generations of students to focus on the next frontier and enable millions of people to experience space." Additional details about the film are available on a special interactive Web site, filled with in-depth information, a photo gallery, astronaut interviews and a complete guide to showings. The Web site is at: http://www.imax.com/spacestation More information about the International Space Station and
the four expedition crews is available on the Web at: http://spaceflight.nasa.gov -end-