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New 3D Dome Show traces development and application of space technology (with photos)

     The latest 3D Dome Show, "To Space & Back 3D", will be screened from tomorrow (July 1) at the Hong Kong Space Museum. The show will take the audience on a space exploration, describe the rapid development of space technology and return to the Earth to look for traces of the technology in everyday items.

     Our curiosity for the unknown has driven us to build tools to explore a universe of unimaginable scale and beauty. From constructing rockets to building the International Space Station, great strides in the development of space technology have been made in the past few decades and our understanding of the universe has entered a new era. After placing one of the most powerful telescopes ever above the Earth's atmosphere, we could peer even deeper into space. A magnificent space station was built 30 years after man's first step on the Moon. With a size as big as a football field, and still evolving and growing, the International Space Station is a test bed for man to live and work away from the Earth and helps to prepare us for future deep-space missions.
     Space exploration seems to have nothing to do with our daily life. In fact, space technology has already entered into every aspect of our life. From the Global Positioning System to weather forecasting, different processes rely on artificial satellites that orbit the Earth. Today there are thousands of satellites that serve us from the orbit. These satellites also keep us up to speed with events that directly affect our environment to minimise hazards.

     In addition, common items such as smartphones, cordless vacuum cleaners, ceramic hair straighteners, fire-resistant clothing, shock-absorbing helmets and fire extinguishers, as well as batteries used in pacemakers and laser equipment for curing coronary heart diseases, are all spin-offs of space exploration. These developments and innovations in technology have influenced and changed the way we live.

     "To Space & Back 3D" is the world's first 3D Dome Show (non-short film category) produced in 60 frames per second. The 25-minute show will be screened until October 31 at the museum's Stanley Ho Space Theatre. It will be screened daily at 2.40pm and 6.10pm. An additional show at 11.10am will be available on Sundays and public holidays. The museum is closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays).

    Tickets priced at $24 (front stalls) and $32 (stalls) are available at the Hong Kong Space Museum Box Office and URBTIX. Full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above and people with disabilities are eligible for a half-price concession. For further information about the show, please visit the website at

     The Hong Kong Space Museum is located at 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. For enquiries, please call 2721 0226.

Ends/Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Issued at HKT 15:01


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