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3-2-1 liftoff! Ontario Science Centre launches Summer of Space

TORONTO (May 16, 2019) – Connect to the cosmos this summer at the Ontario Science Centre! From May 17 to September 2, the Science Centre celebrates human space exploration with Summer of Space, a celestial lineup of films, exhibitions, programs and special events sure to excite space enthusiasts of all ages. Summer of Space lifts off with the IMAX® format film Apollo 11: First Steps Edition and special exhibitions Astronaut and Women in Space.

“Space exploration helps us address fundamental questions about our place in the universe and the history of our solar system, and is a fitting theme this year as we mark two 50-year milestones—the first Moon landing and the opening of the Science Centre,” said Maurice Bitran, PhD, CEO and Chief Science Officer, Ontario Science Centre. “Our Summer of Space lineup allows visitors to experience the past, present and future of space exploration and is sure to inspire the next generation of space enthusiasts and explorers.”

The adventure begins on May 17 when Apollo 11: First Steps Edition opens on the Science Centre’s IMAX Dome screen. This special, giant-screen version of Todd Douglas Miller’s critically-acclaimed theatrical documentary, created for science centres and museums, features never-before-seen 70 mm footage and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings. Produced by Statement Pictures in partnership with CNN Films and distributed by MacGillivray Freeman Films, Apollo 11: First Steps Edition recounts the most extraordinary of human achievements. This film puts audiences at the centre of NASA’s historic lunar landing, capturing every moment of the mission.

The adventure continues with the opening of special exhibitions Astronaut and Women in Space on May 19. Astronaut investigates what it takes to be a space explorer, examining the physical and psychological effects of living in microgravity and the technology used to complete a mission. Women in Space showcases how women’s contributions have expanded capabilities in space exploration—from deep sea research to deploying advanced telescopes to inventing the BioSuit. Through information, intrigue and interactive components, the exhibitions tap into what it takes to break the boundaries of life on Earth and unlock the mysteries of our universe.

“We have a strong connection to the Ontario Science Centre’s mission to inspire passion for the human adventure of discovery,” said John Bianchini, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Hatch. “As the lead sponsor for Astronaut and Women in Space, we applaud how these exhibitions celebrate the people and technologies that have transformed space exploration—and thereby our understanding of the world—and hope they influence children and youth to consider scientific and technical fields for their future careers to solve the world’s toughest challenges.”

Starting in June, the Science Centre expands its Summer of Space with programs, workshops and events, including a new Moon-focused planetarium show, space-themed day camps and space scientist meet-and-greets. On July 20, the Science Centre commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing with special lunar-themed programming, featuring Canadian astronauts.

“Summer of Space will be a superlative kick-off to the Science Centre’s 50th summer season,” said Michael Tibollo, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “It’s an exciting lineup that will inspire and engage both visitors from Ontario and tourists from around the world—and another example of the Science Centre’s innovative and interactive programming.”

Apollo 11: First Steps Edition has a run time of 45 minutes and is recommended for ages 12 and up. Film tickets are $9. Astronaut and Women in Space are included with general admission to the Science Centre. For more information about the Summer of Space lineup and to purchase tickets, please visit OntarioScienceCentre.ca.

Summer of Space has been financially assisted by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation.

Astronaut and Women in Space Lead Sponsor: Hatch
Women in Space Knowledge Partner: Western Science
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