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Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D
IMAX® 3D Space Film Presented and Narrated
by Tom Hanks
Limited Engagement -
September 23 through November 13, 2005

Fort Lauderdale, August 4, 2005 – Only 12 have walked on the moon. Beginning September 23, 2005, moviegoers at the Blockbuster® IMAX® Theater will be next! Through the magic of IMAX® 3D, Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D takes audiences to the lunar surface to walk alongside the 12 extraordinary astronauts who have been there to experience what they saw, heard, felt, thought and did.

Presented and narrated by Tom Hanks, Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D features previously unreleased NASA footage, CGI imaging and live-action renditions of the lunar landscape to propel audiences nearly a quarter-million miles above the Earth’s surface. These various elements, combined with IMAX® 3D technology, crystal clear images and state-of-the-art digital surround sound, provide a completely immersive cinematic experience.

"Exploring the Moon was humankind's most incredible road trip," explains narrator/producer/co-writer Tom Hanks. "In combination with the remarkable cinematic possibilities of IMAX—along with the support and cooperation of Lockheed Martin and NASA—our aim is to bring along anyone who wants to take that giant leap for themselves."

"Showing these experiences in IMAX 3D will provide the audience with an unforgettable experience," Hanks continues. "The 3D images projected on that huge screen give the audience a never-before-seen chance to stand on the Moon right next to Neil, right next to Buzz, right next to Dave, right next to Gene and Jack and all the others who walked up there. IMAX 3D gives us the possibility of exploring these stories in a way that you simply can't do on a smaller screen."

"Creating a film for anyone is difficult enough, but to fashion something of this nature for presentation in IMAX—that's painting on the largest cinematic canvas available—it’s the ultimate," director/writer Mark Cowen comments.

Based upon noted space scholar Dr. Eric Jones' The Lunar Surface Journals, a massive archival database which chronicles the moonwalks as recounted by the astronauts, Magnificent Desolation brings the astronauts' words to life by an array of some of Hollywood’s most recognizable and sought-after motion picture and television actors, including: Morgan Freeman, John Travolta, Paul Newman, Matt Damon, Matthew McConaughey, and more.

Sponsored by Lockheed Martin, in cooperation with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Tom Hanks presents a Playtone/IMAX Production: Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D. It is narrated by Tom Hanks. The director of photography is Sean MacLeod Phillips. The production designer is Charles Lee. The music is by James Newton Howard. It is edited by William Schinski. It is written by Tom Hanks, Mark Cowen and Christopher G. Cowen. The supervising producer is Jini Dürr. The executive producers are Hugh Murray and Mark Herzog. Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D is produced by Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman and Mark Cowen, and directed by Mark Cowen.

For more information about the film, visit

Magnificent Desolation at the SCIENCE CAFÉ September 23 - November 11, 2005
Serving Monday through Friday at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Stop by the Science Café for an out-of-this-world demonstration on the challenges of working on the moon. Test your building skills in simulated zero gravity and make a marshmallow moon man.


The Blockbuster® IMAX®Theater owned and operated by the Museum of Discovery and Science, opened in 1992. The 300-seat theater is a showcase of state-of-the-art motion picture technology. The Blockbuster® IMAX®Theater features a 60 ft. x 80 ft. screen and a 15,000 watt digital sound system that delivers six discrete channels of clear sound through 42 speakers. The IMAX® projector’s 15,000 watt Xenon bulb projects images of unsurpassed brilliance and clarity onto the five-story-high screen. Both 2D and 3D films are shown in the theater. 3D films are viewed using electronic headsets. The IMAX® experience is an unparalleled fusion of sight and sound. For show times, visitors should call 954-463-IMAX (4629) or visit our web site at


The mission of the Museum of Discovery and Science is to provide experiential pathways to lifelong learning in science for children and adults through exhibits, programs, and films. Founded in 1976 as The Discovery Center, the nonprofit facility serves approximately 400,000 visitors each year. Major operational support for the Museum is provided through generous support by Leadership Guild members including: American Express, City Furniture, JM Family Enterprises, Inc., Sun-Sentinel and Wachovia.

The Museum is open seven days per week (365 days a year); Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. with extended IMAX hours on Friday and Saturday evenings. General admission prices are $14 for adults; $13 for seniors; $12 for children 3 to 12. Children under 3 are free. A General Admission Ticket includes admission to the Museum exhibits and one IMAX® film. The Museum of Discovery and Science is located downtown at 401 SW Second Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312. For more information about the Museum, visitors should call (954) 467-MODS (6637)

Laura Nipe 954.713.0904 email:

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