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New Exhibit and IMAX Film Bring the Wonder of Outer Space to the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

Destination Station exhibit tells the story of the International Space Station

June 25, 2014

The cosmic glow of the Carina Nebula, which contains two of the most massive and luminous stars in our Milky Way galaxy, as featured in Hidden Universe.
The cosmic glow of the Carina Nebula, which contains two of the most massive and luminous stars in our Milky Way galaxy, as featured in Hidden Universe.
The celestial hues of the Crab Nebula, a supernova remnant in the constellation of Taurus, captured in Hidden Universe.
The celestial hues of the Crab Nebula, a supernova remnant in the constellation of Taurus, captured in Hidden Universe.
A molten portrait of our Sun, a star at the center of our solar system, as seen in Hidden Universe.
A molten portrait of our Sun, a star at the center of our solar system, as seen in Hidden Universe.
Hidden Universe showcases the hypnotizing spiral figure of the Whirlpool Galaxy, our “neighboring” galaxy over 31 million light-years away.
Hidden Universe showcases the hypnotizing spiral figure of the Whirlpool Galaxy, our “neighboring” galaxy over 31 million light-years away.
The eerie glow of the Cats Eye Nebula, one of the most structurally complex nebulae known, as seen in Hidden Universe.
The eerie glow of the Cats Eye Nebula, one of the most structurally complex nebulae known, as seen in Hidden Universe.
The Earth-like landscape of the Red Planet, recorded by the Mars Orbiter, as seen in Hidden Universe.
The Earth-like landscape of the Red Planet, recorded by the Mars Orbiter, as seen in Hidden Universe.
The car-sized Curiosity Rover is used to research the red planet’s climate and geology as part of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission – and also stars in Hidden Universe.
The car-sized Curiosity Rover is used to research the red planet’s climate and geology as part of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission – and also stars in Hidden Universe.
The Helix Nebula is 700 light-years away from Earth, but screened before audience’s eyes in Hidden Universe.
The Helix Nebula is 700 light-years away from Earth, but screened before audience’s eyes in Hidden Universe.
This pillar of gas and dust is evidence of star birth, as captured in Hidden Universe.
This pillar of gas and dust is evidence of star birth, as captured in Hidden Universe.
The N90 Nebula is a star-forming region found nearly 200,000 light-years from Earth. Radiation from the bright blue, newly formed stars is eroding the outer portions of the N90 from the inside, as seen in Hidden Universe.
The N90 Nebula is a star-forming region found nearly 200,000 light-years from Earth. Radiation from the bright blue, newly formed stars is eroding the outer portions of the N90 from the inside, as seen in Hidden Universe.
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Space Shuttle Endeavour docked with ISS
Space Shuttle Endeavour docked with ISS

San Diego, CA—June 25, 2014 — Space is the place this summer at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. Across the country, people will be celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing (July 20, 1969). Here in San Diego, the Fleet Science Center will provide two unique opportunities for the community to get up close and personal with life in outer space.

Ever wonder what it’s like to be an astronaut and to live and work in space? Find out directly from NASA’s newest multimedia exhibit, Destination Station, which lands at the Fleet Science Center on Saturday, July 12. In conjunction with the exhibit, the Fleet will present the IMAX® film, Hidden Universe — also opening on July 12 — for further space exploration.

Destination Station immerses visitors in the story of the International Space Station. Visitors will learn about the 24/7/365 space-based research that brings results down to Earth to play a role in our lives. They will also learn how the space station operates as a result of a peaceful international partnership of five space agencies representing 15 countries.

The exhibit includes hands-on activities, imagery and audio and visual technology to connect visitors with their place in space, communicating the real and potential impacts of the space station on our everyday lives.

In addition, NASA astronauts will be in the San Diego area from July 13-20 to share the agency’s accomplishments, promise and opportunities for research aboard the International Space Station.

Destination Station is NASA's International Space Station Program national awareness campaign and traveling exhibit that promotes research opportunities, educates communities about activities performed on the International Space Station and communicates the real and potential impacts of the station on our everyday lives. NASA astronauts, scientists and staff travel to a few cities each year sharing the wonders of the space station through general public events, researcher meetings, education activities and legislative discussions.

For more information about the International Space Station, visit www.nasa.gov/station.

Hidden Universe

To complement the multimedia exhibit Destination Station, the Fleet will present the giant IMAX adventure Hidden Universe, which takes audiences on an extraordinary journey deep into space. Through IMAX cinematography, the deepest reaches of our universe are brought to life with unprecedented clarity through real images captured by the world’s most powerful telescopes—seen on-screen for the first time.

Stunning, high-resolution images of space allow moviegoers to explore the earliest galaxies, watch stars being born in vivid clouds of gas and dust, tour the surface of Mars and witness images of distant celestial structures, including stunning views of the Sun. These dramatic images offer fresh insight into the origins and evolution of the universe.

The film opens in the Fleet’s Heikoff Giant Dome Theater on Saturday, July 12, with daily screenings through the end of the year. Narrated by Golden Globe winner Miranda Richardson, Hidden Universe is a December Cinema Productions film produced in association with Film Victoria, Swinburne University of Technology, the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and MacGillivray Freeman Films.

For more information about Hidden Universe, visit www.rhfleet.org/shows/hidden-universe.

Community Events

In conjunction with the Destination Station exhibit at the Fleet, NASA will be hosting a series of community events throughout San Diego County, July 13-20. From the “Driven To Explore” mobile exhibit to interactive presentations and “Train Like an Astronaut” activities, all are invited to participate and get a taste of life in space and what it’s like to be an astronaut. (* below denotes “Driven To Explore” mobile exhibit locations.)

For questions or more information regarding these NASA-hosted events, please contact Hayley Fick at 281-792-8161 or hayley.m.fick@nasa.gov.

July 13: Fiesta del Sol*   

July 14: Girls, Inc. Lunch n’ Learn hosted by Sony

July 14: Navy Dinner and Meet and Greet (Murphy Canyon Chapel, 3200 Santo Road)*

July 15: UC San Diego*

July 15: San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum

July 16: Rady Children’s Hospital and Reuben H. Fleet Science Center*

July 16: San Diego Chargers/NFL PLAY60

July 17: Legislative Visits at Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

July 17: Mira Mesa Park – Summer Lunch BBQ Program

July 18: City Heights Summer Lunch BBQ Program*

July 18: Padres vs. Mets at Petco Park*

July 19: San Diego Pride Festival*

July 20: San Diego Pride Festival*

 

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About the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center (“the Fleet”) is home to Southern California’s only IMAX® Dome Theater and 100+ hands-on science exhibits for all ages. Watch immersive giant-screen films in the Heikoff Dome Theater, featuring the world’s first NanoSeam™ Dome screen in an IMAX Theater. The Fleet is the first Giant Dome Theater in the country to share a digital planetarium with an IMAX Dome theater, following the recent installation of a new, state-of-the-art, giant dome screen digital GSX™ system from Global Immersion, which augments the existing IMAX® projector in the Heikoff Dome Theater with one of the most comprehensive and powerful full-dome experiences available today. The digital system not only enhances our planetarium capabilities but expands the possibilities for sustainable institutional programming that could include evening programming with cultural content of various kinds. Experience eight galleries of fun, interactive exhibits, including major traveling exhibitions. A hurricane simulator thrills visitors with gusts of wind up to 80 miles per hour. Enjoy sandwiches, salads and healthy treats in Galileo’s Café. Find unique educational toys and games, books, IMAX DVDs and more in the North Star Science Store. Located at 1875 El Prado, two blocks south of the San Diego Zoo on Park Blvd, the Fleet Science Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the public understanding and enjoyment of science and technology. For information regarding current admission prices, please call (619) 238-1233 or visit our website at www.rhfleet.org.