Latest Illuminarium immersive experience goes into ‘Space’

The latest Illuminarium immersive experience is focused on "Space" including the moon landing, trips to the outer edges of the solar system and the constellations. RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com

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The latest Illuminarium immersive experience is focused on "Space" including the moon landing, trips to the outer edges of the solar system and the constellations. RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com

The show includes the moon, a nebula, the constellations and the Kuiper Belt.

When the Illuminarium immersive museum opened off the Beltline a year ago, the company behind it was already working on a show focused on outer space.

While the first immersive show, “Safari,” used real footage from Africa, the new show was almost entirely created on computer, which was a much more complicated enterprise.

“It’s been a long time coming,” said Nicole Klein, vice president for sales and marketing.

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The Illuminarium's latest immersive experience "Space" features a look at the Solar System planets. RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com

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The Illuminarium's latest immersive experience "Space" features a look at the Solar System planets. RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com

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The Illuminarium's latest immersive experience "Space" features a look at the Solar System planets. RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com

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“Space: A Journey to the Moon and Beyond,” which opens June 29, places attendees in an Apollo rocket to the moon and on the surface of the moon itself as seen by the astronauts themselves. The designers then imagine what a moon space station might look like in 2350. After that, there are trips to a psychedelic-feeling nebula, the constellations, the planets of the solar system and the Kuiper Belt past Neptune.

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The Kuiper Belt portion of the Illuminarium "Space" experience involves stepping and breaking space rocks. RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com

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The Kuiper Belt portion of the Illuminarium "Space" experience involves stepping and breaking space rocks. RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com

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The Kuiper Belt portion of the Illuminarium "Space" experience involves stepping and breaking space rocks. RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com

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“We’ve taken feedback over the past year from our guests and what resonates with them,” Klein said. This means more interactivity such as enabling people to create footprints on the moon or break up space rocks in the Kuiper Belt into fragments with one’s feet.

The whimsical soundtrack is all over the map, including Frank Sinatra (”Fly Me to the Moon”) the Police (”Walking on the Moon”), David Bowie (”Space Oddity”), Radiohead (”Everything in its Right Place”) and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (”Waltz on the Beautiful Blue Danube.”)

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The latest Illuminarium show "Space" features CGI "footage" of astronauts on the moon. RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com

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The latest Illuminarium show "Space" features CGI "footage" of astronauts on the moon. RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com

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The latest Illuminarium show "Space" features CGI "footage" of astronauts on the moon. RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com

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The show features some actual audio and visual footage from NASA but is largely imagery created by the Illuminarium designers with advice from NASA experts, astronauts and astronomers. “They’re still tweaking things to make it even more exciting,” Klein said. “But we’re really happy where it’s at.”


IF YOU GO

“Space: A Journey to the Moon & Beyond”

Opens Wednesday, June 29. $30-$45. Illuminarium, 550 Somerset Terrace NE, Atlanta. illuminarium.com/atlanta.