Bringing Spaceflight Down to Earth

IMAX Cameras Land at the Smithsonian

April 4, 2012 | 9:30am - 11:30am
Museum in Washington, DC

9:30 a.m.    Screening of The Dream is Alive, Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater
10:30 a.m.  Presentation and Program, Moving Beyond Earth--Gallery 113

From 1984 to 1998, two-dimensional IMAX cameras accompanied astronauts on 17 space shuttle missions.  These 70-mm large format cameras, operated by astronauts, captured a visually stunning view of our planet from space and offered an up-close look at what it is like to live and work in a weightless environment.  The result--a series of six giant screen films, including The Dream is Alive, Blue Planet, and Mission to Mir.

Two of these cameras are now becoming part of the Smithsonian collection.  Join us for a special viewing of The Dream is Alive, followed by a presentation ceremony and roundtable discussion on the history of cameras and the making of films.  Hear from IMAX camera co-inventor/director/producer Graeme Ferguson, writer/director/producer Toni Myers, astronaut/cameraman Bill Readdy, former Lockheed Martin executive Steve Chaudet, and the National Air and Space Museum's space camera curator Jennifer Levasseur.  Moderated by space shuttle curator Valerie Neal.

The program is free, but seating in the Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater is limited. Admission to the theater will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.