Posted: 03/19/2011


IMAX: Hubble

by Del Harvey

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In May of 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 telescope. An IMAXO camera captured stunning footage of the five intricate spacewalks required to do this work, including 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 which 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 the screen like a guided tour of the universe, taking us through time and space.

Hubble is available on DVD, On Demand, and for Download on 3/29/2011. Blu-Ray and 3D Blu-Ray is only available at Best Buy for a limited time. For more information, click here.

Del Harvey is the founder of Film Monthly, a film teacher, a writer and a film critic in Chicago.

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