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Filming for “Space Warriors” movie starts at Space & Rocket Center

€œSpace Warriors€ Director Sean McNamera (center in black) talks with a crew member during a break in shooting (The Huntsville Times/Dave Dieter) Dave Dieter

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — Filming started for the movie “Space Warriors” early today at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, and some big names are in the cast.

The official cast announced for the movie includes veteran actor and activist Danny Glover, well known for his roles in “The Color Purple” and the “Lethal Weapon” films;

Josh Lucas, who was in the Academy Award-winner “A Beautiful Mind,” “Sweet Home Alabama” and “American Psycho” and recently in the TV drama, “The Firm;”

Mira Sorvino, winner of an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in “Mighty Aphrodite” who starred in “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion;”

“Space Warriors” actor Thomas Horn reads a book between takes. (The Huntsville Times/Dave Dieter)

Dermot Mulroney, who was in “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” “The Wedding Date” and “The Grey;” and Thomas Horn, who made his acting debut in the Oscar-nominated movie “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.”

“Space Warriors” is about a teenage boy named Jimmy Hawkins, played by Horn, who gets a chance to fulfill his dream of going to Space Camp, along with five other talented youth from around the world. Former astronaut Col. Roy Manley, portrayed by Josh Lucas, guides the team called Space Warriors through all the Space Camp challenges.

Jason Netter, the producer of the movie and owner of Kickstart Entertainment, said the Space Warriors is an underdog team that competes for a trip to the International Space Station and loses to a more seasoned group of Space Campers called the Titans.

The members of the Space Warriors team use their skills to solve a problem on the space station, Netter said, and “end up saving the day.”

In the movie, Jimmy’s father, a former astronaut, is played by Mulroney, and his mother is portrayed by Sorvino.

The movie is being directed by Sean McNamara, the director of “Soul Surfer.” The movie’s executive producers are Spencer Proffer, CEO of Meteor 17, and Trevor Dinkwater, CEO of Arc Entertainment.

via Filming for “Space Warriors” movie starts at U.S. Space & Rocket Center | al.com.

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Mammoths and Mastodons | U.S. Space & Rocket Center

May, 26 – September 3, 2012 This exhibit is included in general admission Click here for Tickets Journey back through the Ice Age to view some of Earth’s largest and most awe-inspiring mammals in The Field Museum exhibition Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age. Monumental video installations, hands-on interactive displays, life-sized models, fossil tusks and skulls—and even touchable teeth— bring these ancient giants back to life. You’ll discover the difference between mammoths—furry beasts weighing as much as eight tons, bearing tusks up to 16 feet long—and mastodons, their shorter, stockier cousins. Masters of the Ice Age, mammoths and mastodons survived for millions of years, living in climates ranging from the temperate woodlands of North America and Europe to the wind-swept steppes of Asia.

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Birmingham newscast highlights U.S. Space & Rocket Center (video)

Visit the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL

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10 places every kid should see – Yahoo! Travel

U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville, Ala.

Blasting away the competition in our reader poll, this Huntsville shrine to NASA displays an amazing collection of rockets and space memorabilia. At the Davidson Center for Space Exploration, the star attraction is a restored version of the famous Saturn V rocket, but be sure to also check out the F-1 rocket engine, a motor that periodically vibrates and roars as if it were being tested for space-worthiness. Next door is the country’s original Space Camp, where aspiring astronauts can feel the gravitational yank of liftoff via the simulator.

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U.S. Space & Rocket Center

Home to Space Camp, and Aviation Challenge; The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is recognized as one of the most comprehensive U.S. manned space flight hardware museums in the world. Our facilities include Spacedome Theater, Rocket Park, the Education Training Center, which houses NASA’s Educator Resource Center, and more.

The Davidson Center for Space Exploration is like no other in the country. In its 476 foot long, 90 foot wide and 63 foot high structure, suspended 10 feet above the floor, is a national historic treasure, the mighty Saturn V, restored to its Apollo era readiness.

Visitors to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center will experience Huntsville’s role in the making of the moon rocket, the space race, the Apollo missions, learn about the Space Shuttle program, the International Space Station and NASA’s future missions. Visitors may trace the evolution of humankind’s ventures into space and watch as tomorrow’s potential engineers, scientists and astronauts train in one of the Space Camp or Aviation Challenge Programs.

The USSRC, NASA’s first visitor center, opened in 1970 and has served over 12 million visitors to date. As the Official Visitor Information Center for the Marshall Space Flight Center, the USSRC is committed to educating the public and students who attend SPACE CAMP about the work being done at MSFC, particularly in the area of propulsion where MSFC has made significant contributions in the Apollo and shuttle programs and is again on the forefront with the Ares rockets.

Open seven days a week. 9:00am-5:00pm
CLOSED on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Day

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