A Wider World View
Destiny in Space
Review by Ross Anthony

I'm a space junky. I love to look up and wonder. I periodically check the NASA website for the schedule of the International Space Station over my town (LA) so I can lookup and see its pinpoint of light glide slowly by. When I was young I used to look out of my bedroom window and wonder if there might be some other life form on some other planet in some other solar system looking out his window at the milky spill of stars wondering if I might be out there.

"Destiny in Space" gives IMAX cameras to astronauts and brings the magical mystery of space to the giant screen. If you love to look out your window you'll love to look at these gorgeous images. There is so much crisp detail, so much information, you could study each frame in amazement.

Besides splendid Earth from space shots, the film includes two space shuttle launches that explode with excitement and Several cargo bay scenes including great shots of an astronaut cabled to the shuttle work-arm repairing the Hubble Telescope. CGI recreations of the Venusian and Martian planet surfaces are also explored; these are clearly computer simulations. Nice but not smashing.

I greatly enjoyed the segment on artificial gravity. Starting with the "2001: A Space Odyssey" idea of a rotating space station, this "Destiny" considers the other possibilities in this vein concentrating on tethering models -- fascinating.

This film loves to ask, "Is there life out there?" Overall Grade: Wow! See it.

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This film screened at the CaliforniaScienCenter IMAX®.

-- Book Contest --

  • Destiny in Space. Copyright © 1994.
  • Narrated by Leonard Nimoy.
  • Directed by Ben Burtt, Phyllis Ferguson.
  • Screenplay by Toni Myers.
  • Produced by at IMAX/Lockheed/National Air&Space Mus.

Grade..........................A (3.5/4)

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Last Modified: Monday, 26-Feb-2007 11:52:08 PST