So this is where our tomorrows begin: 220 miles above the
Earth and moving at speeds of 17,500 MPH while aboard the
most complex scientific project ever assembled: the International
Space Station (ISS)...
Cruise narrates this fascinating look at the high-flying laboratory
where today's space heroes develop technologies that will
make possible future human voyages to Mars, as well as provide
new solutions to earthbound problems. Highlights include the
station's in-orbit construction, plus glimpses of crew members
as they work, exercise or do routine tasks like getting a
haircut or drinking water (in zero gravity, you can snap a
floating glob of H20 out of the air like a frog
snatching a fly).
really wish that I'd seen this movie as originally intended
- at an IMAX theatre. IMAX Space Station is a fascinating
look at what it is like to live in space. Some of the footage
is amazing as we see, first hand, the creation of a space
include an audio commentary by the director and one of the
astronauts; Adventures in Space (a 22 min look at how
this movie was originally conceived and how they set about
filming it); two guided tours of the ISS (16 min and 18 min);
a stills gallery; and a trailer for IMAX movies on DVD.
two virtual tours are worth talking about individually. The
first one takes us on a guided tour of the ISS. While this
is an enjoyable tour I think it would have been better if
the soundtrack had been redubbed at a later date. It's sometimes
hard to work out what the astronaut is saying, thanks to the
fact he is talking over a system that keeps cutting out. The
second tour, which was also my personal favourite, sees you
onboard a mission. It begins with a space shuttle taking off
from Earth, docking with the ISS, being on board for some
time and then return to Earth.
is the closest thing you'll ever get to going aboard the ISS.
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