HEAD IN THE STARS
Two new films (Sur les Traces du Panda (On the Tracks of the Panda) and Plongeurs sans Limite (Extreme Divers)), a show (Le Miroir d'Uranie (Uranie's Mirror), and a 3D attraction (Destination Cosmos) are among the many new attractions at Futuroscope this year.
Sur les Traces du Panda is a film about a relentless effort to save this animal that has become a symbol of all endangered species. The inspiration for this film comes from the explorer Ruth Harkness who in 1936 undertook a voyage from Shanghai to the bamboo forest, kingdom of giant pandas.
Plongeurs sans Limite shows two extreme divers, the Cuban Pipin Ferreras and the Italian Umberto Pellizari, as they descend under water to depths of up to 130 meters...without any breathing apparatus!
Le Miroir d'Uranie, hailed as a "nocturnal fairy tale", takes place on an aquatic stage filled with 7000 m3 of water (one of the largest such stages in the world). Le Miroir d'Uranie, produced by Yves Pépin who was also responsible for the lights show on the Eiffel Tower in 2000, is a mix of poetry and the spectacular. The story is about a fisherman who goes on a search for a star that seems to emerge from the depths of a lake. His search leads him to encounters with the farandole of the zodiac, the ball of the constellations, the exuberant Venus and the mythical Rainbow Serpent.
Destination Cosmos is the highlight of the new attractions at Futuroscope. It is also the only show at Planète Futuroscope that takes place in two parts. The pre-show takes place in the departure lounge where the 471 passengers can mill about, browsing information on the solar system and the universe in preparation for the upcoming voyage.
The trip lasts about twenty minutes. The images of the epic voyage that starts in our galaxy and ends in the Andromeda Galaxy are projected onto a 21-metre dome (the old Aquascope building) that rises above the spectators. In order to cover such enormous distances, we travel at intergalactic speed, complete with real shocks and vibrations. Apart from being spectacular, Destination Cosmos is also quite scientifically accurate: this three dimensional film which is an adaptation of the Space Show at the American Museum of Natural History, was filmed using images that were taken by the Hubble telescope designed by NASA.
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