Imaging Among the Stars:
The Moon, Mars, Deep Space, and Home Again
A full-day program dedicated to bringing advanced imaging to space so that amazing images can be sent to viewers back home on Earth.
Techniques for restoring and modernizing films of historic space missions and creating realistic celestial environments for modern cinema will be covered in sessions featuring:
Todd Douglas Miller, the filmmaker behind the critically acclaimed “Apollo 11” moon landing documentary.
- Astronaut Col. Terry Virts, former commander on the ISS and director of “One More Orbit,” a documentary about how he broke the speed record for circumnavigating the globe.
- NASA’s Rodney Grubbs and Dylan Mathis, who are involved in deep space imaging for Project Artemis, the next U.S. moon landing mission.
- Josh Winstead of AWS, an expert on the transmission and distribution of live images from the ISS to Earth.
- Visual effects artists James Schwalm and Ian Hunter, whose innovative techniques gave a unique photorealistic look to the Academy Award-winning biopic “First Man” (2017).
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Imaging Among the Stars: The Moon, Mars, Deep Space, and Home Again
This year is the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing. Since that historic flight, imaging from space has advanced dramatically, especially given the aspirations for travel within and beyond our solar system. So, too, has restoration and modernizing of the films of historic space missions progressed to the point where past missions again elicit the drama and emotions of those who witnessed the events in person. Still, bringing the past to life and bringing today's images from the International Space Station (ISS), the moon, Mars, and beyond require a highly complex mix of technology, science, and brilliant people. The same is true for creating realistic space environments in modern cinema features! Join us for this very special day, as we hear from the some of those brilliant people and learn what it took to bring Apollo 11 crew back to life; the challenges, technology, and science required to visually explore the heavens, and how creative minds produce the believable illusion of space travel.