Journey from the depths of the Pacific Ocean into the far reaches of space on a quest to find something that changes everything—signs of life, somewhere else in the universe.

With cutting-edge imagery from the world’s most powerful telescopes, this new giant screen film will take you from the surface of Mars and the icy moons of Jupiter and Saturn, to the extreme lava fields of Hawaii and the thermal vents deep beneath the sea. In these harsh environments, astrobiologists look for clues to how life takes hold.

When these biologists head to Hawaii, they take a closer look at the volcanoes that formed the Aloha State. Although the islands came to form from volcanic activity a millennia ago, studying the island’s volcanoes will tell the story of how life was sustained. An example in the film is when they showed plant life budding out the ground, even though it was within a mile of a volcano.

“Water as liquid, or carried on the wind, or coursing across the landscape, makes earth a thriving paradise of life. Water with a dash of carbon and a little energy from the sun, are the simple ingredients for life to blossom almost everywhere. But what if there is no sun?”

It’s not long after exploring the natural wonders of Hawaii that we’re led to the ocean floor. How can there be life on the ocean floor without sunlight? A mile down from the water’s surface, life flourishes without sunlight and supports life for copious types of underwater bacteria.

“If a world has liquid water, there’s a chance for life” the narrator reiterates. We can confirm that by our own planet earth. Everything on earth (in and out the sea) needs water. Animals, plants, and of course us as humans, need water in order to survive.

The existence of water tells so much about that planet. With the discovery of Ganymede (the biggest moon in the solar system) we learn that it houses more salt water than in all of the oceans on earth combined!

Learning about all of this is great, but it will be hard to concentrate on the educational aspect because of the imagery. The film is playing at Fernbank’s IMAX Theatre, which means looking at volcanoes, planets, and ocean floors will be in the highest quality possible (and distracting in a good way).

Learn more about this high-definition adventure into the great unknown by visiting Fernbank’s website HERE

Informative as well as educational, “The Search For Life In Space” gets a 9 out of 10. There’s no better way to learn about the wonders of earth and beyond than in IMAX quality.


-Jon J.

Photos: December Media

Life in Space


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