This Has Been to Space
Expect the Unexpected
A parachute attached to a mysterious box falls from the Indiana sky onto a suburban street. A man and a woman appear and drag the contraption into their pick-up truck. Moments later, in a Burger King parking lot, the couple are surrounded by a small mob of excited 12-year-olds, thrilled that the parachute and that mysterious box have been found.
Where did the parachute come from? Who are these kids and what do they want with the box? Is this the plot to the latest young adult science fiction series?
Science, yes. Fiction, no. The kids, the parachute and that mysterious box are all part of the new documentary film This Has Been To Space by Chicago-based documentary film company 137 Films. The documentary captures a group of middle-school students participating in the Adler Planetarium's Far Horizons: A Tribute to Steve Fossett programs as they launch a high-altitude weather balloon outfitted with cameras, data collection instruments and a GPS.
This Has Been to Space premieres at the Adler Planetarium Thursday, February 27, 7 pm.
$15 General Admission / $10 Adler Members and Students
Advance tickets are now on sale!