May 5, 2009
Imax 3-D camera to film Hubble mission
The U.S. space agency says it will join the Imax Corp. and Warner Bros. Pictures to film the upcoming Hubble Space Telescope mission in 3-D.
The Imax cameras will be used to document what the National Aeronautics and Space Administration calls one of its most complex space shuttle operations -- the final servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope.
The cameras will launch aboard space shuttle Atlantis, which is scheduled to lift off May 11, NASA said. "Astronauts will use the cameras to film five spacewalks needed to repair and upgrade Hubble.
Officials said the footage will be used in the movie
Hubble 3D that is scheduled for release in the spring of 2010.
The Atlantis' crew has been trained to operate the cameras, one of which will be mounted outside the crew cabin in the shuttle's cargo bay to capture images of the historic final servicing mission. The commander and pilot will double as filmmakers as two teams of spacewalking astronauts
perform some of the most challenging work ever undertaken in space as they replace and refurbish many of the telescope's precision instruments, the space agency said.