Hubble 3D Opens March 19
New IMAX film soars with the stars
Kid Reporter Jonas Hosmer and Astronaut John Mace Grunsfeld at the world premiere of Hubble 3D. The IMAX film was shown at the Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. (Photo Courtesy Jonas Hosmer)
Opens March 19, 2010
Want to travel in space? Go see Hubble 3D at an IMAX theater! It's the next best thing to flying on the space shuttle.
Astronauts, explorers, filmmakers, and reporters attended the world premiere of the new movie this week. The red carpet event was held at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
"People will feel like they are in space and actually flying through the universe," IMAX CEO Richard Galfond told the Scholastic Kids Press Corps, and he was right.
The astronauts in the film agreed.
"It's like going back and flying all over again," said Scot Altman, who was part of NASA's STS-125 mission aboard the space shuttle Atlantis.
Although it is narrated by actor Leonardo DiCaprio, the star of this 43-minute movie is the Hubble Space Telescope. The Hubble is in orbit 320 miles above the Earth. Attacked by problems of technical difficulties, Hubble went through many operations by NASA astronauts during the film. It was "like doing brain surgery with oven mitts," the astronauts said.
The Hubble space telescope was not the only technical marvel in the movie. The camera used to shoot the film should be nominated for best supporting actor. Astronaut Gregory Johnson said it took him two years of training to learn how to use the IMAX camera in space.
"Hubble 3D has many teaching moments throughout the movie," said NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver. "It teaches about overcoming adversity, and asking the big unknown questions."
This movie is amazing! You will get to see Saturn's aurora for the first time ever and zoom in on a star nursery to see the birth and death of stars. At one point in the movie, the Hubble zooms in on a galaxy that is over 10 billion light years away. The views you see of space are breathtaking.
"Space is exciting," said Ed Wiler, one of the creators of the Hubble telescope. "The movie might look like a video game, but this is real. We want kids to see that real life can be more fun than video games."
You don't have to be a fan of space, technology, or science to love Hubble 3D. This is an absolutely amazing movie and it gets 100 out of 5 stars from this Kid Reporter. (Get it?) This is a great family movie and a must-see!
For more about Hubble 3D, check out the movie's website and the Hubble's official website.
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