Northwest NEWS

May 13, 2002

Entertainment

New IMAX transports audiences on a magical journey into space

by Deborah Stone
   Arts and Entertainment
   "Space Station 3D" is Pacific Science Center's Boeing IMAX Theater's newest film and it marks the first-ever IMAX 3D space film created.
   Produced by IMAX Space Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of IMAX Corporation, and sponsored by Lockheed Martin Corporation, in cooperation with NASA, "Space Station 3D" transports audiences 220 miles above Earth to the International Space Station.
   The film features astronauts and cosmonauts from the U.S., Canada, Japan, Russia and Europe who have spent countless hours in space helping to create a permanent research facility in space.
   In addition to transforming the International Space Station into a permanently inhabited research center, the crew also served as filmmakers, documenting the process to show audiences working and living conditions in space. They spent several months of training in camera operations, cinematography, lighting and sound recording in order to provide an up-close look at the on-orbit assembly of this unprecedented structure in space.
   The International Space Station signifies the first truly international effort to build a lasting research facility in space and it is one of the greatest engineering feats of all time. The technical challenges in accomplishing this goal were many and often involved hours of painstaking and dangerous teamwork in a tension filled environment.
   "Space Station 3D" gives audiences the feeling of being a space explorer, existing side by side with the crew, investigating their living quarters, eating with them, experiencing zero gravity and taking a spacewalk.
   Film highlights include footage of the launch of the PROTON Rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Shuttle Mission STS-88 when the first two modules of the International Space Station are joined in space, daily life and work onboard the Station, the historic first entry into the station's "Destiny" laboratory module and the arrival of the second resident ISS crew, Expedition Two, as the first resident crew departs.
   Two IMAX 3D cameras were used to acquire the necessary footage for the film and they logged over 7,000 hours in space over a two year time period. "Space Station 3D" is a visual masterpiece and provides audiences with the opportunity to learn firsthand about what it takes to live and work in space. The film runs through Sept. 2.
   For showtime and ticket information, call (206) 443-IMAX.