Museum using Hanks’ voice for space travel

Thesp to narrate 3-D animated 'Universe'

NEW YORK — Tom Hanks’ voice will be traveling from the body of a pull-string cowboy to the depths of space.

The thesp, who provides the voice of Woody in the B.O. phenom “Toy Story 2,” has signed to narrate “Passport to the Universe,” a space show at the American Museum of Natural History’s newly reopened Hayden Planetarium in Manhattan.

Hank’s fascination with space exploration has taken him from his staring role in “Apollo 13” to a producer’s turn in the Emmy-winning HBO mini “From the Earth to the Moon,” for which he also acted, wrote and directed.

The museum’s show will use 3-D computer graphics to depict a hyper-realistic journey through our galaxy to the depths of known space.

Part of the museum’s new $210 million Rose Center for Earth & Space, the 87-foot-high planetarium will be the world’s largest virtual-reality stimulator.

“Passport for the Universe” opens in February.

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