The Dream Is Alive

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The Dream Is Alive
DVD cover of the movie The Dream Is Alive.jpg
DVD cover
Directed by Graeme Ferguson
Starring David Leestma
George Nelson
Sally Ride
Kathryn Dwyer Sullivan
James Van Hoften
Narrated by Walter Cronkite
Release dates
  • June 1, 1985 (1985-06-01)
Running time 37 min.

The Dream is Alive is an IMAX movie, released in June 1985, about NASA's Space Shuttle program. The film was narrated by Walter Cronkite, and directed by Graeme Ferguson.

Synopsis[edit]

The movie includes scenes from numerous shuttle missions, beginning with footage of a de-orbiting (uncredited) Challenger (STS-41-B) on its approach to the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, complete with sonic boom.

Mission STS-41-C, the 11th for the shuttle program and the fifth for Challenger is featured most heavily, beginning with the deployment of the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) satellite. The capture and repair of the Solar Max satellite also receives a great deal of coverage, including a detailed overview of training for the mission in a large pool at NASA. This particular mission is of interest, as the first attempt at capturing the satellite failed, and a second attempt almost 12 hours later had to be made. That portion of the mission was a success, with the satellite being brought to the payload bay on the next attempt, and was repaired quickly by astronauts James van Hoften and George Nelson. Other STS 41-C mission activities included a student experiment located in a middeck locker to determine how honeybees make honeycomb cells in a microgravity environment.

Other shuttle missions are interspersed during the feature with the STS-41-C footage. Highlights include:

Additionally, a small amount of time is also dedicated to other aspects of the shuttle program, including:

  • Other crew that work on the shuttle;
  • The work of inspecting and replacing the shuttle's heat tiles;
  • Training the astronauts must complete to prepare for missions;
  • What the astronauts eat on spaceflights;
  • How astronauts would bail out if an emergency occurred on the launch pad.

Challenger disaster[edit]

The movie was produced and shot 15–18 months before the Challenger disaster, and includes appearances by the shuttle Challenger itself, and two astronauts, Francis Scobee and Judith Resnik, who died in the accident.

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