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Bring Rosetta and Philae to your Dome

Thursday, January 11, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Sharon Shanks
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Planetariums in Switzerland and Austria, with the blessings of the European Space Agency and support from domes in Europe and the United States, are working to bring the excitement of the Rosetta mission to children around the globe in the form of a new fulldome program, which they will share with other domes for free.

But – they need your help.

ESA produced the movie Once Upon a Time: The Amazing Adventures of Rosetta and Philae for the now completed historic Rosetta Mission, which sent a craft to orbit Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko and deploy its companion lander, Philae, to its surface.

Marc Horat from the Planetarium in the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne (one of the biggest museums of Switzerland) is coordinating a project to turn the movie into a fulldome production, assisted by Gabriel Stöckle from the Planetarium at the Natural History Museum Vienna in Austria.

Also involved is Mark McCaughrean, the senior scientific adviser at ESA, who was involved in the production of the flat screen movie. ESA supports this project, so the style of the fulldome adaptation will be the same as in the source material, but is unable to provide financial assistance.

The project is seeking supporting partners to raise the funds needed to complete the fulldome adaptation. Supporting partners will have exclusive access to the movie development process before the final release and can submit their own ideas and thoughts in respect to the final show.

The cost for the fulldome adaption of The Amazing Adventures of Rosetta and Philae is estimated to be about 50 000 €. The project already has unofficial commitments of 28 000 € from colleagues and partners all over Europe and the US.

So far, support has ranged from the small (37 00 €) to the large (from the Swiss Museum of Transport Planetarium), and many have pledged in between (2 000 €).

Any help would be appreciated.

To learn more about the project and to donate, contact:
Marc Horat (Initiator and Coordinator)
Planetarium Curator
Swiss Museum of Transport
Lidostrasse 5, CH-6006 Lucerne
Phone: +41 41 375 74 69
marc.horat@verkehrshaus.ch

or

Gabriel Stöckle
Manager of the Planetarium at the Natural History Museum Vienna
Burgring 7
1010 Wien
Austria
Phone: +43/1/52177299
Mobile: +43/664/6216146
gabriel.stoeckle@nhm-wien.ac.at

The focus of the program is on school children and families, to entertain but also to teach about the importance of space science and exploration.

You can watch the original version on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HD2zrF3I_II



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