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Premiere of 'Hubble 3D'Natali Del Conte talks to astronaut Mike Massimino and Toni Myers, the director of the IMAX 3D film 'Hubble 3D.'
^M00:00:12 >> Hubble 3D is a IMAX movie that launches in IMAX theaters around the country on March 19th. We just saw the movie and we got a chance to talk to the astronaut from the film Mike Massimino and the film's director Toni Myers about how IMAX and 3D are gonna bring most of us as close as we're ever gonna get to space. [ Background music ] Hubble 3D is a film that was created from footage shot by the 7 astronauts who went into space in May of 2009 to do repairs on the telescope. The crew took IMAX cameras on the mission to try to bring movie audiences with them into the final frontier. >> I think it gives the experience because it's such a big format of what it's like to be there better than any other format can, whether it's pictures or stuff I can write about, or stories I can tell, just going to see this movie I think is the best way to show people what it's like to be in space. >> It's as close as I can get without going to space. You know cause when you come back from your first space flight like wow that was pretty cool I want to go back again and see that. [ Background music ] >> The combination of IMAX and 3D brings viewers right inside of the telescope as well as into the eye of the telescope to see the many galaxies that Hubble is able to see. >> Our camera outside in the shuttle cargo bay was very close to the telescope and 3D is actually a very close-up medium because it gives you the texture and the detail of things for each individual in the audience. >> The purpose of the most recent mission was to install the wide field camera 3; it's over 20 times more powerful than any of the spacecraft's previous instruments. >> Wide field camera is was the main science objective. We had other objectives gyroscopes held to telescope point, batteries to give it power, we updated that stuff but the wide field camera is the one that takes the spectacular pictures. >> The film also gives viewers an idea of what it's like to be part of a space shuttle crew. Now being around the cameras all the time is there any kind of reality show, real world things that you didn't want the cameras to see while you were up there? Like layoff my energy bar. >> We interviewed each other and we spoke you'll see the crew for real you'll see that's the other thing so you get travel through the universe with Hubble, you see what it's like to launch, and space walk, and what the earth looks like, but you also get to see our crew interacting like regular people, kind of like a reality show. >> So we get to be a part of your bro-mance. >> See some of that and see how we all got along and we actually did I would have to admit got along pretty well. >> There are a lot of heroes in this film, but most of the glory goes to the telescope itself, which for 20 years has been our most powerful vantage point for learning just what is out there. >> Hubble is an extraordinary instrument because not only has it given us lots of new discoveries that we didn't know, things we didn't know were out there and processes that we didn't understand before, like how a solar system comes into existence etc. it is also at the same time sort of uncovering new mysteries, it's asking as many questions about the nature of the universe as its answering. >> Houston this is Natali DelConte with CNET in New York.