For more than 25 years, cinematographer and Full Sail Film department Lab Specialist James Neihouse has been teaching astronauts how to use IMAX 2D Space Cameras on their missions. Because of his involvement, James was a part of a panel of IMAX representatives and astronauts that traveled to Washington D.C. last week to deliver two of the cameras to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, where they will remain as permanent exhibits.
The footage from these cameras has appeared in five IMAX films, including Mission to MIR and Destiny in Space (both of which James also co-directed). The in-cabin camera will be a part of the space shuttle display at the Smithsonian’s main Capitol Mall facility and the IMAX Cargo Bay Camera will be displayed with the space shuttle orbiter Discovery at the Smithsonian’s facility at the Dulles airport.
Pictured above, from left to right: Jennifer Levasseur, Museum Specialist; Greg Smith, IMAX audio trainer for space flight; James Neihouse; Bill Readdy, Astronaut/IMAX camera operator; Steve Chaudet, Lockheed Martin Corp.; Toni Myers, Writer/Director/Editor IMAX Space Films; Valerie Neal, Curator, Space History Division, National Air and Space Museum; Graeme Ferguson, Founder & Inventor of IMAX Corp. and Executive Producer/Director of IMAX Space Films