IMAX: Hubble

November 12, 2010

I’ve taken the kids to “Hubble” at the IMAX twice now. It’s really a thrilling introduction to the shuttle program, from zero gravity training at NASA’s swimming pools, to the thrust of blasting off into space, to the tense moments as the astronauts try to fix the world’s most delicate instrument in space with stubby-fingered gloves.

I also appreciated Leonardo Dicaprio’s humanist-themed narration. The film focused on our home planet’s uniqueness in the universe, and how the Hubble is helping us put Earth into context with the wonders and immensity of the cosmos, much like Carl Sagan did a few decades ago.

I’ve yet to see “Hubble” in 3D as it was intended. I can only imagine how amazing it would be. But even without the love-em-or-hate-em glasses, the film really takes you on a trip through the blackness of space and into the dust of a nearby nebula. It’s spectacular!

Check out this video on how they transformed 2D Hubble images into the third dimension…