Coming to an IMAX theatre near you soon is this astonishing 3D movie film from NASA.
Served up in delicious high definition 3D, the film promises to take viewers on a, “journey through distant galaxies to explore the grandeur and mysteries of our celestial surroundings.”
Even better, there’s some breathtaking footage capturing plucky astronauts embarking on five long spacewalks to fix the Hubble telescope.
The astronauts were trained to use the washing machine-sized IMAX camera in NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab over the course of eight months [see feature].
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 the eight minutes of film available.
Regular 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.