The Dream Is Alive to Play at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center Beginning March 29

March 26, 2013
News Release

Smithsonian Theaters will launch the giant-screen film, The Dream Is Alive, March 29 at the Airbus IMAX Theater in the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. A highly regarded IMAX classic originally released in June 1985, The Dream Is Alive is narrated by Walter Cronkite and focuses on NASA’s Shuttle Program. Included in the film is coverage of shuttle mission STS-41-D, the first launch of Discovery, including footage of liftoff and the deployment of two of the three satellites on the mission. Footage is also shown of Discovery’s landing and cross-country transport from its landing site at Edwards Air Force Base in California to Kennedy Space Center in Florida on the back of the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft.

The Dream Is Alive gives viewers a window seat on board the space shuttle. Shot by 14 NASA astronauts on three shuttle missions, the film includes footage of launches and landings, satellite capture and repairs, space walks and an inside look at the astronauts living in space. The audience can experience the sensation of weightlessness and the splendor of Earth from 250 miles up. The Dream Is Alive can serve as an educational film companion to Discovery, which is on display at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.

Discovery, the longest-serving orbiter in the space shuttle fleet, was accepted into the National Air and Space Museum collection in April 2012. It is on display in the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar of the Udvar-Hazy Center. Surrounded by scores of other major artifacts, Discovery represents the drive to establish routine space transportation and to enable people to live and work in space for scientific and practical benefits.

During its 27-year career, Discovery flew 39 missions, including those chronicled in The Dream Is Alive. It was retired after having spent a total of 365 days in space and flown 13 times to the International Space Station, including the 100th shuttle mission in 2000.

The Udvar-Hazy Center contains two exhibition spaces, the Boeing Aviation Hangar and the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar. There are 161 large aircraft and 160 large spacecraft on view along with hundreds of small artifacts. With more than a million visitors a year, the center is among the world’s most popular aviation and space museums, second only to the flagship building on the National Mall.

The Udvar-Hazy Center is located in Chantilly, Va., near Washington Dulles International Airport. The facility is open daily from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. September–May and is open extended hours of 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. seasonally from May 24 to Sept. 2. (It is closed Dec. 25.) Admission is free; however, there is a $15 fee for parking at the Udvar-Hazy Center before 4 p.m.

Individual tickets for The Dream Is Alive are on sale now and may be reserved and purchased up to two weeks in advance. Groups of 10 or more may reserve tickets now for any date during the film’s run. The public may visit any Smithsonian Theaters box office, call toll-free (866) 868-7774 or visit for information or to purchase tickets. The Airbus IMAX Theater is located on the main floor of the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at 14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway in Chantilly, Va. The theater’s 86-by-62-foot screen is the largest in northern Virginia.

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