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Marbles launches new space-themed doc with special celebration

Posted July 12

Hubble Space Telescope orbits freely after a servicing mission. (Source: NASA)

Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh is marking the arrival of a new space-themed documentary at its IMAX theater with a celebration of space on Saturday.

The Out of This World Space Celebration is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, in the museum's courtyard. Visitors can make their own stomp rockets and solar systems and learn from NISEnet and the Raleigh Astronomy Club.

They also can take in the new IMAX film, the 42-minute, "Journey To Space 3D," along with "Hubble 3D," another documentary that's been on screen at the IMAX theater for awhile.

Here's a description of "Journey to Space:"

"NASA's next era will be its greatest yet. That is the clear 'roadmap' painted by Journey To Space. The film absolutely annihilates the perception that the space program died with the end of the Space Shuttle Program by showcasing the exciting plans NASA and the space community are working on, and the challenges they must overcome to carry out audacious missions such as landing astronauts on Mars and capturing asteroids."

It uses interviews with astronauts Chris Ferguson, who was commander of the final shuttle mission, and Serena Aunon, a new astronaut chosen for future flights. Sir Patrick Stewart narrates.

"Journey to Space" is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Saturday. "Hubble 3D" is at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., Saturday.

Tickets to documentary's this summer are $5 for everybody at Marbles' IMAX thanks to special summer pricing.

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