The man who captained the USS Enterprise is back on a space mission.
Mirfield-born actor Sir Patrick Stewart narrates a stunning new film.
‘Journey To Space’ takes movie-goers on a giant-screen trip to Mars. It tells the exciting story of what the next chapter of space exploration will bring.
The film, presented by The Boeing Company and Toyota, showcases the plans by NASA and the larger space community to land astronauts on Mars.
Sir Patrick, who starred of course as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in several versions of Star Trek, said: “I narrated a film called Journey To Space. For those with the courage to travel to space, it would be marvellous.
“It was a delight to contribute to this exciting film project,” Stewart said in a statement.
“‘‘Journey to Space’ will let audiences young and old know how surprisingly close we are to sending humans into deep space”.
A minute-long preview of the film features footage filmed at NASA facilities and by astronauts in space, as well as computer animation of the Space Launch System heavy-lift rocket, Orion crew capsule and “Olympus,” a commercial concept for an inflatable transit habitat for long-duration missions.
The trailer also shows real NASA astronauts training in a mockup of the Orion space capsule and working inside an immersive Mars rover simulator at Johnson Space Center in Houston.
Bob Kresser. chief executive officer of K2 Films, said: “It’s no longer science fiction, a human mission to Mars is in the planning stages, and major steps are being taken to make it a reality within a generation.
“Our goal in making this film was to tie together the actual hardware being built with the tremendous planning under way that will make the next steps in space exploration the most far-reaching in our history.”
In addition to looking forward, “Journey To Space” also looks back at the shuttle program and the role it played in assembling the International Space Station. A third of the movie is devoted to showing how the space shuttle helped us understand how to live and operate in space.
The National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. has been selected to host the world premiere of “Journey To Space” later this month. Additional venues across the world will follow, including screenings in 2D and 3D.