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Space Junk: An IMAX 3D Experience
Now Showing!
NEW! What Goes Up Doesn’t Always Come Down!
Fifty years after launching our dreams into space, we’re left with a troubling legacy: a growing ring of orbiting debris that threatens the safety of earth’s orbits. Space Junk: An IMAX 3D Experience is a visually explosive journey of discovery that weighs the solutions aimed at restoring our planet’s orbits. Experience mind-boggling collisions, both natural and man-made. Soar for the stunning depths of Meteor Crater to an unprecedented view of our increasingly overcrowded orbits – 22,000 miles above earth. Join us as foremost expert Don Kessler, the “Father of Space Junk,” guides us through the challenges we face in protecting them, forging a new age of space discovery.
   

about the movie
Space Junk: An IMAX 3D Experience
Traditional IMAX Documentary Film
Narrated By Tom Wilkinson
Not Rated.
Running Time: Approx. 40 minutes
Opens October 3, 2012. Shows Daily.

After half a century of space exploration we're now suddenly faced with what has long been a staple of science fiction -- an orbiting junkyard of cast-off space debris.

With media headlines repeatedly warning us of debris falling from the skies, orbital debris, or "space junk," has finally risen to the forefront of social consciousness. But what is space junk? How did it get there? Just how big (and serious) is the problem?

Space Junk: An IMAX 3D Experience, narrated by Academy Award® Nominee Tom Wilkinson, is the first IMAX film to explore the exponentially expanding ring of debris that threatens the safety of our planet's orbits. Harnessing the magical imagery of IMAX 3D film, director Melissa Butts takes us soaring -- from the stunning depths of Meteor Crater to an unprecedented view of our increasingly crowded orbits, 22,000 miles above Earth.

On-screen, Don Kessler, (ret.) Head of NASA's Orbital Debris Office and the "Father of Space Junk," reaches back to the beginning of our solar system for understanding and guides us through the challenges we face in protecting our orbits for the future. At risk is the future of space exploration and the safety of the extensive satellite network that powers our modern day communication systems. This visually explosive journey of discovery weighs the solutions aimed at restoring Earth's orbits.

Fueling this story are stunning 3D images that transport the viewer by wrapping us in star fields and allowing us to witness massive collisions in space -- both natural and man-made -- as though we were in the center of the action. "Since no actual images exist of the most spectacular orbital debris events," explains Butts, " we set out to recreate them with scientific accuracy and mind-blowing visualization."

To accomplish this, Butts' team worked with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) to create breathtaking 3D visualizations from scientific data. Those visualizations deliver a state-of-the-art, 3D visual effects experience on Michigan’s largest IMAX screen!

Click here to access the official web site for Space Junk: An IMAX 3D Experience.

Click here to download the official educator’s guide.


curriculum connections
To view the curriculum connections for Space Junk, click here.

pricing
SENIORS age 62 & up, $9
ADULTS age 13-61, $10
YOUTH age 5-12, $8.50
CHILDREN 4 & under, $8.50

MEMBERS 15% off all pricing above

A $2.50 service fee will be charged for all call center and internet advance purchases.

special information

Tickets are available online at www.thehenryford.org/imax, or by phone through The Henry Ford Call Center (open 7 days a week, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm) 313-982-6001.  Tickets can be mailed when reservations are made 2 weeks or more in advance.  Tickets purchased less than 2 weeks in advance will be held at IMAX Will Call. 

Please park in the IMAX Theater lot on the west side of Henry Ford Museum.  Parking is always FREE for IMAX-only guests.

(Please Note: Space Junk: An IMAX 3D Experience begins promptly at its published show times – there will be NO preview trailers and NO commercial advertisements shown prior to the movie. No late entries will be permitted.)

directions/maps
The Henry Ford is located in Dearborn, Michigan on the corner of Village Road and Oakwood Boulevard, just west of the Southfield Freeway (M-39) and south of Michigan Avenue (US-12).
The Henry Ford
20900 Oakwood Blvd.
Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
From the East or West via I-94:
Take I-94 to the Oakwood Boulevard exit; go north on Oakwood. The Henry Ford is 2.5 miles from the exit on the corner of Village Road and Oakwood Boulevard.
From the South via I-75:
Exit to northbound Southfield Freeway (M-39); drive 4.1 miles to Oakwood Boulevard (Exit 4). Left on Oakwood and drive 1.8 miles.
From the North via Southfield Road (or I-96):
Take Southfield Freeway (M-39) south 4.5 miles past I-96 and exit at Michigan avenue (Exit 6). Continue on the Southfield service drive (veer left) for .5 mile. At the first stoplight, turn right onto Village Road (through the iron gates) and drive .75 mile.
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