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Journey To Space Launches March 13 at Science Center
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), March 6, 2015 - The Saint Louis Science Center's OMNIMAX® Theater, Journey To Space unveils a new era of deep space exploration. Through visually stunning imagery and brilliant narration by film and television legend Sir Patrick Stewart, Journey To Space captures the spirit of human exploration and showcases the exciting plans NASA and the space community are working on and the challenges they must overcome to carry out missions, once considered science fiction, and now science fact.
"No longer science fiction, a human mission to Mars is in the planning stages, and major steps are being taken to make it a reality within a generation," said Bob Kresser, CEO of K2 Films "Our goal in making this film was to tie together the actual hardware being built with the tremendous planning under way that will make the next steps in space exploration the most far-reaching in our history."
The names of the new machines that will carry out these missions will soon enter our lexicon.
"Orion" is NASA's first spacecraft designed to carry humans on long-duration deep space exploration missions. Orion will take humans to interplanetary destinations beyond low Earth orbit and return them safely back home. For instance, a round-trip to Mars via Orion will take two-and-a-half years as compared to the Apollo trips to the moon, which took 12 days.
"Olympus," an inflatable transportation habitat, is an early concept 45- or 50-feet diameter module that would provide astronauts the work area and living space necessary for long-duration missions. Smaller versions have already flown in space, and a full-scale version is shown undergoing ground testing.
The Space Launch System, or "SLS," is the giant rocket that will carry both of the previously mentioned spacecraft and provides the enormous lift necessary to send them on many historic missions. SLS will also carry the needed Mars landers and ascent vehicles to get astronauts to the surface of Mars and back up to the Orion mothership for their return trip to Earth. SLS will generate over nine million pounds of thrust and can launch hardware into orbit equivalent to the weight of 22 elephants.
Journey To Space also presents a fitting tribute to the space shuttle program, the 355 astronauts who flew on the 135 Shuttle missions, and the assembly of the International Space Station (ISS), the shuttle's last major project. Through extensive interviews with NASA astronauts Chris Ferguson and Serena Aunon, Journey To Space describes how NASA is preparing to take the next giant leap in deep space exploration and land astronauts on Mars.
"This film will be an eye-opener to many of our viewers about the extraordinary impact of the shuttle program and exciting possibilities about new the phase of space exploration. For others the film may even be a life-changing experience putting them on the path to STEM-related careers dedicated to landing astronauts on Mars and beyond," said Bert Vescolani, President and CEO, Saint Louis Science Center.
"Boeing has been a part of the U.S. space program for more than 50 years, with some of the technology built right here in St. Louis," said Megan Davies, director, Global Corporate Citizenship, Boeing Defense Space & Security. "Journey to Space brings to life the amazing contributions that companies like Boeing have made in the past, and provides a glimpse into the future and the possibilities that exist for a whole new generation of scientists, engineers and astronauts."
The St. Louis Science Center is located just south of Forest Park. The facility is connected to the James S. McDonnell Planetarium in Forest Park via a walkway across Highway 64. Visitors can enjoy numerous interactive exhibits and educational programs in a space station environment.
Boeing Hall, a new 13,000-square-foot exhibition addition to the Saint Louis Science Center, provides a needed venue to better accommodate traveling exhibitions, and provide space to house unique educational activities on a distinctive, green rooftop terrace.
Visitors will experience the simulation of a space launch as they are transported via the 'StarShuttle' (elevator) to the facility's two upper levels, collectively called the Boeing Space Station. In the SkyBay, over 9,000 twinkling stars and glowing planets can be seen slowly moving across the new 80 sq. ft. dome.
Monday - Thursday & Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m
Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
(Planetarium closes at 4:30 p.m. on Friday)
Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
There is no admission fee to the Science Center. However, there is a nominal charge for shows in the OMNIMAX® Theater, the Planetarium and some traveling exhibitions in the Exploradome. For more information, call 314-289-4400 or 1-800-456-7572.
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