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Astronauts Featured In IMAX Movie To Visit Pacific Science Center

by | May 13, 2016

Commander Terry Virts and Flight Engineer Dr. Kjell N. Lindgren, along with director of A Beautiful Planet, Toni Myers to be at Pacific Science Center on Tuesday, May 17

Commander Terry Virts and Flight Engineer Dr. Kjell N. Lindgren, along with director, producer, writer and editor of A Beautiful Planet 3D, Toni Myers, will be at the 11:45 a.m. public showing of A Beautiful Planet 3D on Tuesday, May 17.

A Beautiful Planet 3D is a breathtaking portrait of Earth from space, providing a unique perspective and increased understanding of our planet and galaxy as never seen before. Made in cooperation with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the film features stunning footage of our magnificent blue planet — and the effects humanity has had on it over time — captured by the astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS). From space, Earth blazes at night with the electric intensity of human expansion — a direct visualization of our changing world. But it is within our power to protect the planet. As we continue to explore and gain knowledge of our galaxy, we also develop a deeper connection to the place we all call home. From IMAX Entertainment and Toni Myers — the acclaimed filmmaker behind celebrated IMAX® documentaries Blue Planet, Hubble 3D, and Space Station 3DA Beautiful Planet presents an awe-inspiring glimpse of Earth and a hopeful look into the future of humanity.

Toni Myers is the director, producer, writer and editor of A Beautiful Planet.  She has a long history of IMAX filmmaking. A key member of the IMAX Space team she also wrote and edited the multiple award-winning space films “The Dream is Alive,” “Destiny in Space” and “Blue Planet,” which she also narrated.  Ms. Myers directed, produced, wrote and edited the IMAX films “Space Station 3D” and “Hubble 3D,” both of which received the Best Film Award from the Giant Screen Cinema Association, and are among the most successful IMAX documentaries ever made. During her extensive history-making IMAX space films, she has worked with over 120 astronauts and cosmonauts.  In 2009, the astronauts of the STS-125 crew presented Myers with the Silver Snoopy Award in recognition of her excellence and achievements in bringing the space experience to IMAX audiences around the world. She has an extensive and prestigious filmmaking background in addition to her large body of work in IMAX.  She also worked on music projects for the Beatles’ company, Apple; and individual features and videos for John Lennon and Yoko Ono. She also collaborated on a documentary feature commissioned by the band Santana.  She was associate producer and supervising editor on the IMAX film “Rolling Stones: At the Max.”

Commander Terry Virts (ISS Expedition 42/43) received his commission as a Second Lieutenant upon graduation from the United States Air Force Academy in 1989 and earned his pilot wings from Williams Air Force Base, Arizona, in 1990. Throughout his career, he has logged over 4,300 flight hours in more than 40 different aircraft. Virts was selected as an astronaut by NASA in July 2000 and has logged 212 days in space on two flights..  He was the STS-130 pilot of the space shuttle Endeavour (February 8 to February 21, 2010), which carried to the International Space Station (ISS) permanent modules: Tranquility and the Cupola. Tranquility (or Node 3) is now the life-support hub of the ISS, containing exercise, water recycling and environmental control systems; while the Cupola (as seen in “A Beautiful Planet”) provides the largest set of windows ever flown in space. These seven windows, which are arranged in a hemisphere, provide a spectacular and panoramic view of Earth and afford crews a direct view of station robotic operations. He was assigned to Expedition 42/43 (as Flight Engineer of Expedition 42 and Commander of Expedition 43), which launched in December 2014. While aboard the ISS, he conducted three spacewalks totaling 19 hours and 2 minutes. He returned to Earth on June 11, 2015.

Flight Engineer Dr. Kjell N. Lindgren (ISS Expedition 44/45) Dr. Lindgren was selected in June 2009 as one of 14 members of the 20th NASA astronaut class. Lindgren received a BS in Biology (minor in Mandarin Chinese) from the U.S. Air Force Academy, an MS in Cardiovascular Physiology from Colorado State University and a Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Colorado. He completed a three-year residency in emergency medicine, including a chief resident year at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis in 2005. He completed a national Library of Medicine Post-Doctoral Fellowship and Master of Health Informatics at the University of Minnesota in 2006, followed by a two-year residency in aerospace medicine (2008) and a Master of Public Health (2007) at the University of Texas medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. Lindgren is board certified in emergency medicine and aerospace medicine. As Flight Engineer on Expeditions 44 and 45 aboard the ISS, he logged 141 days in space and 15 hours and 4 minutes of spacewalk time.

Pacific Science Center serves more than one million people a year, sparking curiosity, conversation and collaboration, and bringing inquiry-based science education to classrooms and communities around the Northwest and beyond. Our award-winning nonprofit work has been inspiring lifelong in science, math, and technology among diverse communities since our inception at the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. Our main campus hosts several special exhibitions annually and is home to permanent interactive science exhibits, a tropical butterfly house, a planetarium, state-of-the-art IMAX® theaters and Wellbody Academy for personal health and wellness. We offer nature-based programs through a partnership with the City of Bellevue at Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, a biologically diverse 320-acre wetland nature park. Learn More