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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russian Spacecraft to Star In Giant-Screen Feature

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- Canada's IMAX Corp is negotiating with Russia to produce a large-format movie featuring the Mir space station, an official of the motion picture company said.


Graeme Ferguson, co-founder and past president of IMAX Corp, revealed the plans as the newest IMAX film, "Destiny in Space," debuted Thursday at the Kennedy Space Center's tourist attraction, Spaceport USA.


The 40-minute film is the third in a trilogy that includes "The Dream is Alive," dedicated to the lost Challenger crew, and "Blue Planet," a feature about Earth's environment.


Ferguson declined to give details about the Ontario firm's plans for a fourth space-related film. But he said, "The next thing we should be chronicling is the visits of the orbiter to Mir and the preparation and the building of the space station."


The U.S. shuttle is expected to make 10 visits to the Mir space station between now and 1997.


"Destiny in Space," projected on a screen more than five stories high, features scenes shot in orbit by 43 shuttle astronauts.


Actor Leonard Nimoy narrates the film, which highlights the dramatic December mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. It also shows spectacular computer visualizations of Venus, Mars and Jupiter produced from data collected by deep space probes.


IMAX Corp. produced "Destiny in Space" for the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum. Because of their unique format, IMAX films are not shown in commercial theatres but in specially designed auditoriums at museums and educational institutions. More than 50 million people have viewed the first two films.