Space shuttle stars on film in Reno … all year Essay

As realistic a look at space as most of us will ever get–that’s
how The Space Shuttle: An American Adventure has been described. Shot
with fish-eye lenses and projected onto a 360[deg.] dome, it gives you
the impression you are aboard the shuttle yourself.



This 30-minute film recently opened in two locations in the West:
at the University of Arizona’s Flandrau Planetarium in Tucson and
the University of Nevada’s Fleischmann Planetarium at 1650 N.
Virginia Street in Reno.

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Its remarkable color footage was shot on the 1984 missions of
Challenger and Columbia. Two cameras in the cargo bay recorded
satellite deployment and crew members doing repairs; inside, a third
camera watched as they floated weightless, working, eating, resting.
Other footage documents shuttle development and testing.



No need to hurry: the movie will be shown year-round on Mondays at
7:30, Tuesdays through Fridays at 3 and 7:30, and weekends at 11, 3, and
7:30. Its present cofeature is Stars of a Winter’s Night.
Admission to the 50-seat planetarium is $3 ($2 for those under 12).



On the first and third Fridays of the month at 6:30 P.M., you can
join a star-gazing group outside the planetarium to look through an
80-inch telescope; free.

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