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3…2…1… Blast Off<br> Space Station to Launch at The Tech

Press Release Date 
Thursday, 11 April, 2002
Daily Departures to the International Space Station begin April 19 SAN JOSE, SILICON VALLEY, Calif., April 10, 2002 –Beginning April 19, 2002, visitors, classrooms and families of all ages will experience an out-of-this world adventure – a trip into outer space by way of Space Station, set to take flight at The Tech Museum of Innovation's Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater. According to a CNN QuickVote in April 2001, more than 86% of respondents would buy a ticket for a flight into space if money were no object. And while some civilians are paying an astronomical amount to do so, now Space Station fulfills that dream, delivering the celestial experience first-hand. Space Station is the story of the greatest engineering feat since landing a man on the moon – the construction of the International Space Station. The global collaborative mission united 16 nations with a common goal to further human exploration. Narrated by multi Academy Award® nominee Tom Cruise, Space Station transports audiences 220 miles above Earth to experience life in space. As audiences blast off, they are joined by the astronauts and cosmonauts who directed and filmed their in-orbit assembly of the International Space Station. Audiences will share the encompassing view that only astronauts and cosmonauts have been privileged to experience. "The construction of the International Space Station is truly a marvel of modern technology and global teamwork," commented Tech President and CEO, Peter Giles. "The IMAX footage captures the excitement and magnitude of this amazing project being built in outer space in a way that no other medium can. Viewers will truly be "star-struck."" Space Station was filmed between December 1998 and July 2001 at 17,500 miles per hour as the ISS orbited the earth. Astronauts Jeff Wisoff and Brian Duffy, who make appearances in the film, will be at The Tech May 2, 2002 (National Space Day) and May 24, 2002, respectively, to discuss the making of the film, as well as their involvement in the International Space Station. Produced by IMAX Corporation, Space Station is presented by Lockheed Martin Corporation in cooperation with NASA. Unlike traditional flat-screen IMAX® theaters, the state-of-the-art Hackworth IMAX® Dome Theater features an eight-story, giant domed screen and six-channel, digital wrap-around sound with 12,000 watts of power from 44 speakers. It seats 295 people in special reclining chairs that accentuate the feeling of being "in" the movie. A $16 combination ticket is available for one IMAX® film and admission to The Tech's exhibit galleries or two IMAX® films. A general admission ticket for one IMAX® film is $9. Discounted rates are available for seniors, 65 and older, children, 3-12 and Tech Members. Advance ticket purchase is recommended. Visitors are encouraged to arrive 20 minutes prior to showtime. Latecomers will not be seated. Showtimes are subject to change. For tickets, visit The Tech's ticket office at 201 S. Market St. in downtown San Jose, call (408) 294-TECH (8324) or go to www.thetech.org. Local media sponsors for the Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater are UnivisionKDTV14 and San Jose Mercury News. The Tech Museum of Innovation is a non-profit educational institution that engages people of all ages and backgrounds in exploring and experiencing the technologies affecting their lives and aims to inspire the innovator in everyone. It is located at 201 S. Market St. San Jose, CA 95113-2008. Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For general information, call (408) 294-TECH or visit www.thetech.org.