Imax docu for space station

WASHINGTON — The Imax Corp. and the National Aeronautics & Space Administration have signed a deal for a 3-D documentary on the construction of the international space station.

The documentary will be shot with the same large-format Imax film used on “Mission to Mir,” a 2-D documentary that premiered Monday at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington. The deal is just the latest in the ongoing relationship between NASA and Imax, which has resulted in four previous films.

“The building of the space station is one of the great challenges of our lifetime and will really capture the public’s imagination,” Richard Gelfond, co-CEO of Imax, said. Among the countries participating in the space project are the U.S., Russia, Canada and several European nations.

Like other Imax films, including “Mission to Mir,” the documentary on the international space station will be shown exclusively at the 153 Imax theaters around the world.

The Imax space documentaries are shot by astronauts who have been trained for the large-format film. The Imax image is 10 times the size of standard 35mm film and three times the size of the image of regular 70 mm film.

During construction

For the space station project, Imax is developing a new 3-D camera which will be used during construction. In order to see the 3-D effects, audiences must wear special glasses developed by Imax for Imax theaters. Twenty-nine of Imax’s 153 theaters have the ability to show 3-D films.

The orbiting construction project is expected to begin in 1998 and scheduled for completion in 2002. The film also received backing from Lockheed Martin, which has also sponsored the four previous Imax space documentaries.

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