Aluminum Core, IMAX


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

NASA flew this aluminum film core with the IMAX camera in the payload bay of the space shuttle on seven missions in the 1980s and 1990s to capture film footage for four IMAX productions. Perhaps the most notable use of the camera was to film the deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope during STS-31 in 1990, footage that later went on to use in the IMAX films Destiny in Space (1994) and Hubble 3D (2010).

This aluminum film core was contained within either the feed or take-up magazine, acting as the spool around which unexposed or used film could be wound.

Gift of the IMAX Corporation in 2011.

Collection Item Long Description:

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National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum


Credit Line

Gift of the IMAX Corporation




Overall: 6.5 x 7.6cm (2 9/16 x 3 in.)

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