The California Science Center voyages into deep space in its latest feat when Journey to Space 3D launches Oct. 29. The film and its accompanying exhibition celebrate human exploration and the desire to continue space travel. Narrated by film and television legend Sir Patrick Stewart, as well as, NASA astronauts Chris Ferguson and Serena Auñon, Journey to Space 3D, chronicles the Space Shuttle Program’s 355 astronauts who flew on 135 missions. Captivating imagery and mesmerizing 3D special effects depict the ambitious plans of NASA and the space community’s victorious efforts over the past 30 years. “We are excited to give our guests the opportunity to learn about the history and future of space travel,” says California Science Center President, Jeffrey Rudolph. “Through this film, audiences will learn more about the important role of Endeavour and the Space Shuttle Program, while hearing about the inspiring upcoming missions that our visitors may be a part of.”
For writer/director Mark Krenzien of Journey to Space 3D, this film is an excellent marketing tool for bringing awareness about the space community. “A lot of the public thought that our space program was put on hold after the Space Shuttle Program ended,” Krenzien says. “Plans are definitely underway to get someone on Mars by the 2030’s. In other words, people who become astronauts today do so with the idea that they will be able to walk on Mars,” says Krenzien. This fascinating family-friendly film offers amazing footage of how 15 nations of astronauts jointly collaborate to live and work 24/7 on the International Space Station.
While it previously took 12 days travel time to the Moon, it will take approximately 2.5 years each way to reach Mars. NASA’s latest spacecraft, “Orion” is designed to carry humans into deep space destinations. Humans will also live on “Olympus,” a 45′ – 50′ inflatable habitat, which doubles as both a living and work space. The Space Launch System (SLS) will transport the humans, habitats, Mars landers and other vehicles to get astronauts to the surface of Mars and back up to the Orion mothership for their return trip to Earth. Astronauts have now begun one-year missions as they prepare for longer trips into deep space. “This film is all about showing you this glorious past, interesting present, and the really exciting future,” says Journey to Space 3D writer/director Mark Krenzien.
In Journey to Space: The Exhibition, artifacts and hands-on exhibits include simulations of real space station challenges, multimedia of real astronaut stories, and a chance to walk into a mockup Space Station module. Through these experiences, discover the next generation is learning to live and work in space, and how we are preparing for future deep space missions. Guests can also see space food up close. The film and the exhibit will run through May 2016.
IMAX ticket prices range from $5.25 to $8.50. Combo tickets for the film and exhibition are available. For more information, please visit http://californiasciencecenter.org/journey-to-space-admission. For advance ticket purchases, group rates, or to make reservations for any visiting group of 15 or more (required), call 213.744-2019. Parking is available in the guest lot at Figueroa and 39th / Exposition Park Drive at $10 per car, and $25 for commercial buses or oversize vehicles. Both the Science Center and IMAX Theater are wheelchair accessible.