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Hubble 3D Launches at IMAX March 19th

3/15/2010 9:52:59 AM

Astronaut Roger Crouch helps the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater launch Hubble 3D on the giant, six-story screen.

                                              Astronauts on the final Hubble repair mission.

Above: Filmed by the astronauts with the IMAX® 3D Cargo Bay Camera during the fifth and final space walk of the STS-125 mission, astronauts John Grunsfeld (on the shuttle arm) passes a new cover (called a NOBL) to Andrew Feustel (to the left). On-orbit footage captured by astronauts during the final historic mission is featured in the newest IMAX 3D film, Hubble 3D. Photo Courtesy of NASA.

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                    Hubble 3D Blasts Off at the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX® Theater on March 19
                         Tennessee Astronaut Roger Crouch Visits Chattanooga to Inspire Students

Chattanooga, Tenn. (March 15, 2010) – For nearly 20 years, the Hubble Space Telescope has dazzled us with unprecedented views of the cosmos—from the splendor of our celestial neighborhood to galaxies billions of light years away. On March 19, audiences at the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX® 3D Theater will blast off alongside the Atlantis STS-125 crew to witness up-close some of the most challenging spacewalks ever performed during the final Hubble repair mission. Hubble 3D takes viewers on an amazing journey, recounting the history of the most important scientific instrument since Galileo’s original telescope while immersing moviegoers in the great wonders and astounding beauty of our universe.

According to retired NASA astronaut, and Tennessee Valley native, Roger Crouch, the only thing audiences will miss while watching Hubble 3D will be the G-Forces he experienced twice aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia. “Liftoff is pretty exciting,” said Crouch. “All of your senses are totally overwhelmed as your body experiences three times the force of gravity. Once you are in orbit, you go from feeling that tremendous pressure to becoming weightless instantly. Other than that, the IMAX space films that I’ve seen do a great job of putting you in orbit with the astronauts.”

Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, Hubble 3D gives everyone an inspirational perspective of the Hubble Space Telescope’s legacy and highlights its profound impact on the way we view the universe and ourselves. Moviegoers will also experience virtual star travel via breath-taking, never-before-seen 3D flights through Hubble imagery on the giant, six-story IMAX screen. “Fifteen years ago we made a film about space exploration that included Hubble, when it started sending back the first images,” said Producer/Director Toni Myers. “Today, we have Hubble’s entire phenomenal legacy of data to explore. With IMAX 3D, we can transport people to galaxies that are 13 billion light years away—back to the edge of time. Real star travel is here at last.”

Crouch will inspire youngsters to reach for the stars while in Chattanooga. His journey from growing up in Polk County, TN to orbiting the Earth aboard the Space Shuttle will be shared with Chattanooga State students at the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater on Tuesday, March 23rd and elementary school students at UTC’s Challenger Center on Wednesday, March 24th. “As a child, I always had a dream that I could fly,” said Crouch. “I am colorblind, so I had to work hard and be very persistent to finally achieve my goal of becoming an astronaut. So I enjoy encouraging students to set goals and never give up on your dreams.”

In a similar fashion, Hubble 3D is a gripping story that’s full of hope, from crushing disappointment to the ability to overcome all odds through dazzling ingenuity, persistence and bravery.

The film has been rated G and has a running time of 43 minutes.

 

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