Anyone who’s marveled at the breath-taking images from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope will likely be fascinated by Warner Bros. upcoming “IMAX: Hubble 3D.”
In May 2009, NASA launched Space Shuttle Atlantis on the final mission to service the aging telescope. An IMAX 3D camera was sent with the seven astronauts to document the mission and the upcoming film was created using that footage. The film documents the hard work, the danger and the extensive planning involved in conducting the mission and adding a few extra years of usage to the telescope. Viewers will get an up-close, 3D look at space-walking astronauts as they conduct maintenance and repairs on the telescope; best of all, the film will include some of the most astonishing footage of outer space ever documented.
Leonardo DiCaprio narrates and Toni Myers (of “Space Station 3D”) directs.
Usually, films like this receive only limited release in educational and museum venues. Hopefully, Warner Bros. will clue into the fact that this film is likely to have broader appeal and take a chance on a wider release. If not, look for it at your local art or natural history museum — or maybe at a nearby university campus. This one’s likely worth the extra price of IMAX admission,too; in fact, much of this film’s splendor will likely be wasted in any other venue.
“IMAX: Hubble 3D” launches into theaters March 19, 2010.
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