The astronauts are a fun bunch for film, playing Jack Johnson’s “Upside Down” inside the shuttle – seemingly without irony -- and sharing tips that mere mortals will never need to utilize, but will still prompt a chuckle.
The last thing an astronaut does before putting on his or her helmet? Scratches.
Want to know about those pesky bathroom issues in space? It’s all about suction, according to one pro.
The film, which is helmed by the same team behind 2002’s “Space Station 3D,” including director Toni Myers, doesn’t shirk the controversial elements of space travel. Old news footage bemoans the initial lack of Hubble's capabilities, while snippets from a congressional debate about whether it was worth maintaining the telescope are a sad precursor to the eventual closing of the NASA’s Space Shuttle program this year.
But watching the Atlantis crew replace and repair Hubble parts during five spacewalks is astonishing and DiCaprio’s planetarium-like coda to the mission puts our place in the universe into thoughtful perspective.
Expect to walk out of the movie feeling very small.
Directed by Toni Myers. Rated G. At IMAX Theatre at Fernbank Museum of Natural History (through Jan. 1). Running time: 43 minutes.