Focus on Hubble

IMAX sent a camera up with the Space Shuttle Atlantis last year when STS-125 upgraded the Hubble space telescope.  So now they have a new IMAX 3D documentary film “Hubble 3D“, due out on March 19th.

Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, this new film follows the NASA astronauts through the process of preparation, launch, and a series of spacewalk repairs as they save the Hubble Space Telescope from death by old age.  It details the challenges and setbacks as well as combines IMAX technology and hubble imagery to take the viewer on a 3D trip through the cosmos.

Trailer below:

Hubble is quite possibly the most successful NASA project ever envisioned.  Steller observation from a manned space station is subject to the vibrations caused by living beings aboard.  Earth-bound observatories are effected by weather, atmospheric distortion, and other environmental limitations.

Hubble can point at an area of space and gaze deep into space at an object for days with a number of scientific instruments that scientists can combine on the ground to study.  The result is a wealth scientific data and astonishingly detailed photographs.

The refit did more than just fix its problems, it upgraded the instruments to make this great observatory even better.


~ by Bill Housley on March 15, 2010.

3 Responses to “Focus on Hubble”

  1. That looks like such a fascinating documentary! 🙂

    I just wanted to pop in and say that I hope you had a great holiday weekend!

  2. […] Atlantis, the fourth shuttle constructed, began flying in 1985 with a launch for the U.S. Department of Defense.  Through the years it was a frequent visitor to the Russian Mir Space Station and on this last mission will deliver a Russian research module to Freedom.  Recently, it carried the final Hubble refit mission. […]

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