Movies aren’t reality. Fantastic realities, like traveling in space, still have their own mundane times and banalities that are only remarkable because they are done outside the confines of Earth’s atmosphere.

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Seeing space on the silver screen, though, can be evocative, inspiring and emotional. There’s nothing like experiencing the tension of the Apollo 13 mission through Ron Howard’s award-winning film, or the wonder of the first photo of Earth from space in the documentary Earthrise.

That feeling is exactly why Space Center Houston is debuting a special event series where classic films and documentaries are played on the center’s five-story Space Center Theater screen. It’s one of the largest 4K theaters in Texas and can make space artifacts and stories loom larger than life. Experience favorite classics like never before!

The first movie in this thrilling new series is Earthrise, which tells the story of the first image captured of the Earth from space. Told solely by the Apollo 8 astronauts, the film recounts their experiences and memories from 1968 and explores the beauty, awe, and grandeur of the Earth against the blackness of space.

This iconic image had a powerful impact on the astronauts and the world, offering a perspective that transcends boundaries. Told 50 years after the photo was taken, the documentary reflects on Earth as a shared home.

Apollo 8 crew members included Commander Frank Borman, Lunar Module pilot William A. Anders, command module pilot James A. Lovell. Hear the astronauts first-hand mission experience in this immersive film.

Join us 7 p.m. Dec. 21 for the first installment of our Space on Screen series featuring the inspiring documentary, “Earthrise.”

Director Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee will take questions from the audience about the film after the screening.

This free event has limited seating and requires a ticket which must be presented at the door for entry.