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Space Station 3d

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A select few have been aboard... now it's your turn!

Space Station 3d is the first cinematic journey to the International Space Station (ISS) - where audiences can experience for themselves life in zero gravity aboard the new station. Transported by the magic of the Imax 3d technology, the audience blasts off into space with the astronauts and cosmonauts from Florida's Kennedy Space Center and Russia's Baikonur Cosmodrome to rendezvous with their new home in orbit 370 kilometres above the earth.

Now people of every age and language can work side by side with their space-walking crewmates, building and inhabiting this unprecedented structure in space. The International Space Station is a technical marvel, unparalleled in scope and challenge. The astronauts and cosmonauts share the tensions and triumphs of their greatest challenge: hours of painstaking and dangerous teamwork in the deadly vacuum of space, to put the pieces together.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film documentary International Space Station orbit zero gravity Imax

Persons of interest

  • Tom Cruise .... Narrator
  • Michael J Bloomfield .... Himself (Pilot, STS-97)
  • Robert D Cabana .... Himself (Commander, STS-88)
  • Leroy Chiao .... Himself
  • Kenneth D Cockrell .... Himself
  • Robert L Curbeam Jr .... Himself
  • Brian Duffy .... Himself (Commander, STS-92)
  • Marc Garneau .... Himself (Mission Specialist, STS-97)
  • Michael L Gernhardt .... Himself (Mission Specialist, STS-104)
  • Yuri Pavlovich Gidzenko .... Himself (Soyuz Commander, Expedition One)
  • Umberto Guidoni .... Himself
  • Chris A Hadifield .... Himself
  • Susan Helms .... Herself (Expedition Two Flight Engineer)
  • Susan J Helms .... Herself
  • Charles Owen Hobaugh .... Himself (Pilot, STS-104)
  • Marsha Ivins .... Herself (Mission Specialist, STS-98)
  • Brent W Jett Jr .... Himself (Commander, STS-97)
  • Toni Myers .... Screenwriter
  • Toni Myers .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Wow! It's just like being in space!

Not that I have been in space, but Space Station 3d is exactly what it must be like: cool, empty and vast. Yeehar!

In less than an hour the child inside you can have an experience hitherto limited to a handful of astronauts and cosmonauts, and the odd billionaire. You will float in space, zip around the space station, bump into walls and have a zero gravity bath. The photography is perfect, the background (ie excuse for making the film - give money to the space agencies) is worthwhile and the human interest stories are humanly interesting (you don't get to know much about the cosmonauts from watching the news).

Grab your mates, grab your kids, grab yourself and head on down to the Imax big screen: it's worth every moment.

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Surveillance time

47 minutes (0:47 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 6 June 2002: Sydney
Film: 13 June 2002: Melbourne

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Space Station facts
  • Between December 1998 and July 2001 more than 22 kilometres of 65 mm film will have been flown into space for the filming of Space Station 3d.
  • It is being filmed at 30,000 kilometres per hour as the International Space Station orbits earth. The Earth's surface is rotating about its axis at 500 metres per second at the equator and the planet zips around the sun at more than 30 kilometres per second!
  • Construction of the International Space Station is scheduled for completion in 2006.
  • When completed the International Space Station will have a wingspan of 110 metres, and a length of 80 metres. If all the film shot for space station were placed end to end on the wingspan, it would go back and forth 189 times!
  • Two 3d cameras went to space for the making of Space Station 3d:
    • the in-cabin camera (interior camera, called Imax 3d) will have remained on space station for 337 days between 13 September 2000 and 16 August 2001
    • the cargo bay camera (exterior camera, called Imax ICBC3d) was bolted into position within the cargo bay of the space shuttle and has travelled up & down on three different shuttle missions
    • the cargo bay Imax 3d camera holds 1645 metres of film.
  • The light from an Imax projector, if pointed up towards space from Earth, could be seen with the naked eye from the International Space Station.
  • Astronaut facts:
    • twenty-five astronauts were trained to use the Imax 3d cameras for this film to chronicle for history the building of the International Space Station
    • astronauts are trained for jobs outside their special skill set. as part of their cross training, some astronauts were trained for both cameras, some for only one; some were trained for interior camera lighting, some were trained for sound and some were trained on all Imax equipment
    • to achieve necessary film angles in the first ever Imax 3d space film, space station astronauts acted as human dollies.
  • International Space Station facts:
    • Zarya means dawn in Russian, and is the name of the first ISS component, the Russian functional cargo block
    • Unity is the name of the USA node and was the second ISS component
    • Canadarm2 is the name of the Canadian-built giant robotic arm that can "walk" around the space station
    • Destiny is the name of the USA lab module
    • Leonardo, Rafaello and Donatello are the names of the Italian-built multi-purpose logistics modules that contain scientific equipment racks for the USA lab, Destiny.

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