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Hubble 3D may be the last of the breed

“Hubble 3D” is shaping up as a fitting sendoff for the world’s best-known telescope as well as the most complicated flying machine ever built.

Atlantis’ trip to the Hubble Space Telescope in May may have marked not only the last time that astronauts put their hands on the crown jewels of NASA’s astronomical assets, but also the last opportunity for filming a Hollywood-style production aboard a space shuttle.

“It made me sentimental,” admitted Toni Myers, the film’s producer, director and editor.

Myers has been involved in half a dozen big-screen space documentaries, including “Hail Columbia!” – which dates back to the dawn of the space shuttle age in 1981. Almost three decades later, “Hubble 3D” may be the last of the breed.

“The film age is definitely pretty much coming to an end,” she said. It so happens that the space shuttle age is nearing its end as well. If NASA sticks to its current schedule, the fleet’s final flight will take place in the latter part of next year – perhaps just as “Hubble 3D” is coming out on DVD.

"Hubble 3D may be the last of the breed…”

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