Monday, January 18, 2010

NASA IMAX 3D movie features astonishing Hubble repair footage

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Coming to an IMAX theatre near you shortly is this astonishing 3D movie film from NASA.

Served up in delicious high definition 3D, the film assures to take viewers on a, “journey through distant Galaxies to discover the grandeur and mysteries of our celestial surroundings.”

Still better, there’s some breathtaking footage capturing plucky astronauts embarking on 5 long spacewalks to fix the Hubble telescope.

The Astronauts were trained to exercise the washing machine-sized IMAX camera in NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab over the course of eight months.

Once in space, the hefty camera sat installed in the cargo bay of the Space Shuttle Atlantis and was remotely controlled by astronauts who had to make the most 8 minutes of film available.

Ordinary IMAX cameras capture images from the left and right eye views on two different strips of film, but with weight a major issue, a lighter compact 700-pound camera was devised that could that can shoot both views on a single, mile-long strip of film.


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