Hubble 3D IMAX - A Window to the Universe

Hubble: transporting through space

The magnificence and vastness of space is almost touchable as it is explored through the eyes of the Hubble and the crew of the Atlantis.  Shot in May, 2009, when NASA launched a mission to make repairs and upgrades to the Hubble Space Telescope, the world’s first space-based observatory, an IMAX 3D camera went up accompanied the crew.  

Hubble #D combines breathtaking IMAX footage with images taken by the telescope during the past 20 years.  This has been our window into space.  Through advanced computer visualization, Hubble’s detailed data, done during a series of flights, unfolds on the screen.  With the eyes of Hubble, no special effects, we see millions of galaxies –some starting and some dying, black holes and millions of planets – some perhaps like ours—but millions of light years away.  We see how the cosmos was formed and is constantly forming.  The 3D IMAX teleports you to the edge of the observable universe in a way few people can image.  

Amid the aerial action and dazzling space-scapes, Hubble 3D also touches on the life story of the Hubble Space Telescope from its inception to this latest dramatic chapter, the fifth and maybe final shuttle visit.  

During the years since 1990, when the telescope first launched, there have been four other missions to correct flaws in the mirrors or to update the system enabling it to see farther than ever before.  

Hubble: Mission Specialist Megan McArthur

Preparing for their journey with STS 125 and 31 astronauts Megan MacArthur, Michael T Good, Andrew J Feustel, John M Grunsfeld, ,  Mission Specialist Michael Massimino, pilot Gregory C. Johnson and Commander Scott Altman.  Mission Specialist K. Megan McArthur operated the shuttle’s mechanical arm to grapple and secure the telescope so that it could be reached to do the necessary repairs. 

Hubble: the astronauts

Massimino, who has flown to the Hubble twice,  talks about seeing the curve of the earth and the blueness of the waters; of the moon and the sun.  “We are not a protected place.”

Hubble: Destruction of a Star

Their work had be done in shifts because the sun rose and set every 90 minutes.  

“The enormity of space changes our view of the universe and of ourselves, giving us a perspective of how small and fragile our planet exists in this volatile and constantly evolving universe,” says Leonardo DiCaprio, the narrator of the film.

Hubble: Toni Myers, director and Leonard DiCarprio

“Leonardo shared the same sense of awe that we all felt at what we were seeing,” says Toni Myers, the director.  

Hubble: Creation of a new galaxy

James Neihouse, director of photography, also served as the astronaut crew trainer as the shuttle could not accommodate a regular film crew.  They knew there was no room for error.  They had only so much film and couldn’t run to the store for more.  

Every stage of the space walk protocol was choreographed and practiced under water down to the last motion as a slight bump could fatally damage an astronaut’s protective suit and fumbling a tool could mean watching it drift away into eternity. 

Hubble: repair of craft

IMAX co-founder, Graeme Ferguson, helped to pioneer many of the space films and was assisted by the associate producer, Judy Carroll.  Music to enhance the mood was composed by Micky Erbe and Maribeth Solomon.  

Hubble: space walk practice

Done in conjunction with NASA and Warner Brothers Pictures, this is the 7th film from the award winning IMAX Space Team.  “The more we learn, the father we reach with our minds and technology.  It creates a greater appreciation for the uniqueness of our own home.” says DiCaprio, “There is still so much for us to discover.”

Rated G by the MPAA, one can see some of the other pictures by going to  

IMAX’s Hubble 3-D will be available March 19th in science centers around the United States and several international sites, as well.  In early summer, it will be available in select IMAX general theatres.  For more information call Warren Betts at 626 836 2080.

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