SPACE STATION AND SHUTTLE ATLANTIS VISIBLE TONIGHT; IMAX "SPACE STATION" FILM PREMIERES TOMORROW
NEW ORLEANS, LA., April 18th, 2002 -- There should be quite a chase scene across the New Orleans sky as area residents have the opportunity to watch the International Space Station pursue the Space Shuttle Atlantis Thursday evening beginning at 8:26 p.m. Atlantis will enter the night sky from the north at 43 degrees above the horizon, with the space station one minute behind. Both will be visible for about two minutes and will depart east-southeast at 28 degrees.
Atlantis is on its way home for a scheduled landing at Kennedy Space Center Friday morning after undocking from the space station Wednesday.
All of this is a live preview of the new IMAX film, "Space Station 3D," set to open Friday at the Entergy IMAX Theatre in New Orleans. The film presented by Lockheed Martin includes never-before-seen cinematography shot by astronauts on the space station, with narration by Tom Cruise.
Lockheed Martin designs and builds the Space Shuttle External Tank that powers astronauts into space at the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility in eastern New Orleans.