Explore what it would take for astronauts to reach an asteroid and how such an adventure could benefit humankind

October 31, 2017 –Pensacola, Fl—The Naval Aviation Museum Foundation invites audiences on an epic journey to discover the possibilities that asteroids present for space travel with “Asteroid: Mission Extreme,” opening on the Giant Screen Theater at the National Naval Aviation Museum on Wednesday, Nov. 1.

Narrated by Academy Award® nominated actress Sigourney Weaver, “Asteroid: Mission Extreme” explores how asteroids are both a danger and an opportunity. The danger lies in the possibility of a cataclysmic collision with Earth; the opportunity is the fascinating idea that asteroids could be stepping stones to other worlds – veritable way stations in space – enabling us to cross the Solar System.

Using stunning visuals and state-of-the-art computer graphics, the film explores what it would take for astronauts to reach an asteroid and tame it for our use, as well as how such an extraordinary adventure could benefit humankind.  A mission this extreme could ultimately lead us to learn how to protect our planet and how to successfully inhabit other worlds.

Sky-Skan and National Geographic collaborated to bring audiences this new, original production. “Asteroid: Mission Extreme” is produced in 8K/3D/60fps, a benchmark for fulldome shows in terms of image capture and rendering, which enhances the immersive experience in all resolution formats.

“Asteroid: Mission Extreme” is suitable for general audiences and school groups. Its approximate run time is 25 minutes. Developed by National Geographic, corresponding education materials geared to grades 4-12 are available to support educators and film patrons.

The Giant Screen Theater at the National Naval Aviation Museum is located at 1750 Radford Blvd aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida.

Schedule starting November 1:

10:00 a.m. – The Magic of Flight

10:30 a.m. – Asteroid: Mission Extreme

11:00 a.m. – Aircraft Carrier

12:00 p.m. – The Magic of Flight

1:00 p.m. – Aircraft Carrier

2:00 p.m. –   DDay

3:00 p.m. –   The Magic of Flight

4:00 p.m. –  Aircraft Carrier

For information on tickets and show times, please call 850-453-2389 or visit the website at www.navalaviationmuseum.org.

About the National Naval Aviation Museum

The National Naval Aviation Museum, one of TripAdvisor’s “Top 25 Museums in the United States,” features nearly 350,000 square feet of displays and is one of the world’s largest aviation museums. Located aboard Pensacola Naval Air Station, the facility boasts more than 150 beautifully restored aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard aviation and is one of Florida’s most visited museums. Be sure to visit Hangar Bay One, displaying aircraft of the post-WWII era including presidential helicopter, Marine One. Among the countless things to touch, see and experience are thrilling 3D and HD flight simulators and the new Blue Angels 4D Experience. Don’t miss the drama and power of the new laser powered Giant Screen digital theater. The Cubi Bar Café offers a unique dining experience and the Flight Deck Store is the perfect place to find a souvenir that captures the spirit of Naval Aviation. Museum admission is FREE and open to the public. The National Naval Aviation Museum is open daily from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. For more information, visit www.NavalAviationMuseum.org.

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