Friday, April 19, 2024

Sky-Skan and the Franklin Institute Travel “To Space and Back” With New Digital Dome Production

891774_10151494173799860_278683571_oPhiladelphia, PA, USA — Philadelphia’s The Franklin Institute is home to the nation’s second oldest planetarium. Although it is a historic cornerstone to museum, the Fels Planetarium continues to leap forward in technology standards. Now, nearly 80 years since the 1933 opening of the Fels Planetarium, The Franklin Institute has debuted the most technologically advanced show ever presented in the Planetarium – and the first full dome show every produced by The Franklin Institute, in partnership with Sky-Skan, the world’s leading manufacturer of immersive digital theaters.

gallery5Co-written and produced by The Franklin Institute’s Chief Astronomer and Planetarium Director Derrick Pitts, To Space & Back explores how our everyday lives are directly affected by the technologies developed for use in space exploration. Innovations such as alternative water purification systems and energy sources, turbine blades, home insulation, improvements in car safety and better fuel efficiency are all a result of space research and exploration, and all have directly impacted modern life. “Every time we use GPS, look at images of Earth from space on computers or even use our smartphones to connect with friends and family, we’re using technologies developed for space applications or connecting directly to satellites in orbit,” explains Pitts “To Space & Back allows us to engage audiences of all ages in the realization of the many ways in which space exploration impacts us.”

gallery4Projected in 4K resolution, at 60 frames per second on the 60-foot seamless dome of the Fels Planetarium, To Space & Back is a completely immersive experience showcasing the most advanced Planetarium technology.  The show is narrated by BBC’s Top Gear host James May, and includes scenes shot right here in Philadelphia.

To Space & Back is being distributed worldwide, and will soon debut at the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore, MD; Melbourne Victoria Museum in Melbourne, Australia; New Jersey State Museum in Trenton, NJ; Tellus Museum in Cartersville, GA; Vanderbilt Planetarium in Centerport, NY and SongAm Space Center, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea.

To Space & Back runs daily in the Fels Planetarium. General Museum admission includes one Planetarium show.


Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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