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Air Force museum movie goes far out

3D film looks to Mars, deep space.

The “Journey to Space 3D” movie was launched on March 6, with continuous liftoffs through the end of the year at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. This time the journey to space is way beyond the moon.

According to Universe Today, it’s anywhere from 34 million miles to 60 million miles from Earth to Mars, depending upon the timing of planets’ orbits. To put that into perspective, the moon only averages 238,900 miles from earth.

In the movie’s trailer, it seems appropriate that heroes who dared to believe the impossible include the Wright brothers. The film is narrated by “Star Trek” actor Patrick Stewart and showcases the challenges NASA must overcome to land astronauts on the surface of Mars. The film shows that the space program did not end when the shuttle program was discontinued in 2011.

“No longer science fiction, a human mission to Mars is in the planning stages, and major steps are being taken to make it a reality within a generation,” said Bob Kresser, chief executive officer of K2 Films. “Our goal is making this film was to tie together the actual hardware being built with the tremendous planning underway. This will make the next steps in space exploration the most far-reaching in our history.”

The historical chapter of the film is a tribute to the Space Shuttle program and highlights the 355 astronauts who flew on 135 missions. The movie also explains the International Space Station, which was the last major project. The transition to Mars exploration will feature these new machines: the human spacecraft Orion, transportation habitat Olympus and the giant rocket called the Space Launch System, or SLS.

“It is exciting having a new 3D space film to show on an 80-foot widescreen. Past space films have been very popular with our visitors, and I am sure ‘Journey to Space’ will be also,” said chief of theatre operations Mary Bruggeman. “It celebrates the space shuttle program with great footage of past missions, but then shows how NASA has transitioned from the end of the shuttle era to a new era of deep space exploration.”

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