WORCESTER, MASS. — The EcoTarium in Worcester, Mass. is excited to announce the national public premiere of ASTEROID: MISSION EXTREME, a new digital fulldome adventure from National Geographic Studios and Sky-Skan, in the Alden Digital Planetarium: A National Geographic Theater, on Saturday, December 26, 2015. Narrated by actress Sigourney Weaver, ASTEROID: MISSION EXTREME takes audiences on an epic journey to explore what it would take for astronauts to harness asteroids and facilitate exploration into deep space.
“We are thrilled to be the first theater in the United States to offer Asteroid: Mission Extreme to the public,” said Joseph Cox, president of the EcoTarium. He added, “As a National Geographic museum partner, we jumped at the opportunity to be among the first in the world to offer this spectacular film.”
In October of 2014, the EcoTarium has announced its five-year, multi-faceted partnership with National Geographic, one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. The partnership rebranded the EcoTarium’s theater to the Alden Digital Planetarium: A National Geographic Theater, and gives EcoTarium special access to one of the world’s largest and most diverse libraries of award-winning science, nature and adventure films. The EcoTarium commits a portion of programming each year exclusively to National Geographic films.
Using stunning visuals and state-of-the-art computer graphics, ASTEROID: MISSION EXTREME hurtles audiences through space on an extraordinary adventure with astronauts to discover the possibilities of using asteroids as stepping stones to connect with other worlds. Based on real science, the film presents the fascinating idea and unique challenges of asteroids as “way stations” to facilitate manned space travel, and also explores various ways to prevent asteroids from hitting the Earth.
“Sigourney Weaver is the ideal guide for this immersive trek across our Solar System, which spotlights the wonders and possibilities of science and will inspire a new generation of space explorers,” said Jeff Hasler, EVP, Production and Development at National Geographic Studios.
“There is little content in the world that matches the quality offered by this unique film experience, using 8k resolution at 60 frames per second,” said Steven Savage, Sky-Skan president.
An original co-production of National Geographic Studios and Sky-Skan, ASTEROID: MISSION EXTREME is presented by Lockheed Martin. Produced and directed by Annette Sotheran-Barnett (To Space & Back), the film is written by Sotheran-Barnett, Mose Richards and Rick Adams. Executive producers are Jeff Hasler, Brooke Runnette, and Steven Savage.
EcoTarium is New England's leading museum of science and nature, an indoor-outdoor experience dedicated to inspiring a passion for science and nature in visitors of all ages. The museum includes a building with three floors of interactive exhibits, the Alden Digital Planetarium: A National Geographic Theater, daily Science Discovery programs, live animal habitats, nature trails through its forest and meadow, a tree canopy walkway (seasonal), and its newest outdoor interactive exhibit, Nature Explore®.
The EcoTarium, located at 222 Harrington Way in Worcester, Mass., is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Sundays 12 noon to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $14 for adults, $10 for children 2-18, seniors 65+ and students with ID. WOO card holders receive $2 off admission for up to four people. Planetarium films and the Tree Canopy Walkway require additional admission. Parking is free. For more information, visit ecotarium.org.
About National Geographic Studios
National Geographic Studios is the video and film production division of the National Geographic Society, one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations, whose mission is to inspire, illuminate and teach. From television series and specials to giant screen, from mobile video to digital news and educational content, National Geographic Studios’ productions embody the Society’s long-standing reputation for stunning visuals and captivating storytelling. National Geographic Studios has received nearly 150 Emmy Awards and almost 1,000 other industry accolades, including recognition from the Peabody Awards, DuPont Columbia Awards, multiple film and museum industry awards and the highest honors from natural history film festivals. National Geographic Studios also produces and distributes giant screen and digital 3D films for the museum cinema industry.
Since premiering the first-ever commercially available hemispherical video projection system in 1998, Sky-Skan’s innovations have defined the immersive theater experience. We create award-winning technology and fulldome immersive films for planetariums, science centers, attractions, and multidisciplinary installations around the globe. Learn more at www.skyskan.com.
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