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In May 2009, the crew of the Space Shuttle Atlantis launched a mission to make vital repairs and upgrades to the Hubble Space Telescope, the world’s first space-based optical telescope. An IMAXÒ camera captured stunning footage of the five intricate spacewalks required, as well as close-up images of the effort to grasp the orbiting telescope with the shuttle’s mechanical arm at 17,000 MPH – and an unexpected problem that could sabotage the entire mission. Hubble combines this breathtaking material with images taken during the 20 years it has been our window into space. Through advanced computer visualization, Hubble’s detailed data becomes a series of scientifically realistic flights that unfold on screen like a guided tour of the universe, through time and space.
Leonardo DiCaprio narrates this spellbinding (if rather brief) look at some unprecedented photos of the farthest reaches of our galaxy, as well as the people responsible for taking off the lens cap. Focusing on the 2009 flight of the shuttle Atlantis, the film follows the dangerous final mission to repair the Hubble telescope, a process that required split-second timing, some hastily improvised fixes, and the very real risk of suit ruptures. Originally displayed in 3-D IMAX (with much of the footage shot by the astronauts), this loses remarkably little in the transition to home theaters, with a dazzling presentation that stretches the current limits of high-def television screens and subwoofers. (Viewers with sensitive pets might want to get them out of the room before the launch cycle starts.) While the 40-minute running time may leave viewers wanting more about the specifics of the mission, this demo-quality disc offers a succession of amazing images, whether it be an entrancing glimpse beyond the edges of the universe, a speculative look at the creation of infant solar systems, or the somehow equally gorgeous sight of a weary astronaut rolling a perfect zero-g burrito. --Andrew Wright
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The sequence of events is fascinating, and the space shuttle launch, especially the one seen from an up-close camera, will blow your windows out. You have to keep telling yourself that the images of planets and star clusters and galaxies are REAL ones, captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. The video is not only visually and sonically superb, it is perilously educational. Show it to your kids and grandkids.
I did another interesting thing. After seeing this on the big screen, I took the subway up to Hollywood and saw the movie "Gravity" at the Chinese theater, also with a big IMAX screen, 3D, and surround sound. The fake scenes in the movie are exactly the same as the real ones in this video. Both are absolutely amazing.
Get 3D and surround sound at home! Then, get this video!
With home 3D active shutter glasses, it's more "alive" then iMax which uses passive 3D glasses, which are cheaper. My 65" Panasonic Viera TV is huge and this fills it with incredible motion and beautiful scenes. The space repairs are amazing, and 3D does these astronaut heroes justice as they provide repairs that allow us to see outer space as never before. The Hubble is a scientific wonder, and has provided oodles of information for astronomers. Now you can see the heroes work to keep it doing its job.
FYI: THe Hubble was made with a mirror that was misshapen, and didn't work as planned (D'oh!!). The first repair literally applied a contact lens to correct the refractive error. The second repair was to replace dying parts, which is the main focus of this video.
I've watched it three times because it's not the STORY that matters here; it's the space images, which never get old. Our blue orb never looked this good.
Enjoy, and pass the popcorn please.
Nice to have it on the shelf of your 3-D library. Since I bought it I will keep it with my 3-D collection but if you can rent it from Red Box for $1 then go for it.
The price was awesome as well.Individually priced at Kennedy Space Center the cost would have be $25.00 each IMAX.
I ordered a bundle of three DVD's for $27.00!
The bundle included:
When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions (Limited Edition),-not in IMAX
IMAX Space Station