IMAX Documentary film: A Beautiful Planet (IMAX) - 07.11.18

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ISS Science for Everyone

Science Objectives for Everyone
The International Space Station (ISS) provides an unparalleled perspective of how both natural and human forces shape planet Earth. IMAX Documentary Film (IMAX) aims to produce a three dimensional movie called A Beautiful Planet, which uses ISS-based video and images to illustrate these impacts for audiences of all ages. IMAX also showcases NASA’s exploration efforts, and highlights the ISS as a platform for scientific research and a stepping stone to deep space exploration.
Science Results for Everyone
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The following content was provided by Toni Myers, and is maintained in a database by the ISS Program Science Office.
Experiment Details


Principal Investigator(s)

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Sponsoring Space Agency
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Sponsoring Organization
Technology Demonstration Office (TDO)

Research Benefits
Earth Benefits, Space Exploration

ISS Expedition Duration
September 2014 - March 2016

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Experiment Description

Research Overview

  • Earth views are taken to illustrate the expansion of the human footprint across the Earth and the increasing consumption of finite resources.
  • These views illustrate the effects of increasing deforestation, erosion and siltation.
  • Earth views also illustrate the effects of climate change (glaciers/ice caps/desertification) and captures real-time events such as storms, volcanic eruptions, wild fires, etc.
  • Satellite imagery illustrates cumulative changes on Earth’s surface over time.
  • On board activities illustrate how crews are learning to adapt to, and counteract the effects of long-duration space flight to aid in future space exploration.
  • IMAX also aims to explore the completed ISS and illustrate its value as a unique platform for scientific research for multiple disciplines.

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Space Applications

The film A Beautiful Planet connects people to the space program by providing unique views of Earth from space. IMAX movie scenes demonstrate how crew members adapt to life in space, and how future crews must counter the effects of long-duration space travel. The film enhances awareness of NASA and its exploration programs, including those aimed at studying Earth and those designed to explore the solar system and beyond. The film inspires the next generation of scientists, engineers and explorers who will study space and invent new technologies for improving life on Earth.

Earth Applications
IMAX provides high definition, three dimensional views of Earth and how it is changing over time, including through deforestation, erosion, glacier and ice cap melting, and the growth of deserts. The film illustrates the impact humans are having on Earth, including through climate change and through the consumption of limited resources. Audiences around the world will see and understand how humans are changing their home planet, and how it continues to be shaped by natural forces. The film illustrates the importance of conservation, sustainability and environmental awareness for future generations.

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Operational Requirements and Protocols
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Decadal Survey Recommendations

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image NASA Image: JSC2014E075870 - NASA astronaut Scott Kelly participates in an IMAX cinematography training session.
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image NASA Image: ISS041E086670 - View of Barry Wilmore working with IMAX Camera.
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image NASA Image: ISS043E005898 - Photographic documentation taken of the IMAX camera.
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image NASA Image: ISS043E276473 - NASA astronaut Scott Kelly is seen here preparing IMAX camera equipment for an upcoming documentation session.
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