TWIN FALLS, Idaho (News Release) – The Faulkner Planetarium at the College of Southern Idaho will premiere a new program called “Asteroid: Mission Extreme” on July 5.

This is the latest digital full-dome adventure from National Geographic Studios and Sky-Skan, featuring narration by actress Sigourney Weaver.

The show takes audiences on an epic journey to explore what it would take for astronauts to harness asteroids and facilitate exploration into deep space. National Geographic’s highest quality video resolution and state-of-the-art computer graphics hurtle the viewer through space on an extraordinary adventure with astronauts to discover the possibilities of using asteroids as stepping stones to connect with other worlds.

Based on real science, the film presents the fascinating idea of asteroids as “way stations” to facilitate manned space travel and also explores various ways to prevent asteroids from hitting the Earth.

The Faulkner Planetarium has two other programs in its lineup that were produced by National Geographic – “Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West” and “Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure.” This latest addition, however, differs in one important aspect.

“The first two films we received were made for flat screens in IMAX theaters and were ‘warped’ by the studio to run on planetarium domes,” said Faulkner manager Rick Greenawald. “Asteroid is a true full dome production, meaning that it was produced as a hemispheric movie that can run only on a full dome planetarium system. This, along with the absolute highest quality production values by National Geographic, will give audiences a truly enjoyable experience.”

Admission prices for public programs are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors (60+), $4 for children (2-17), and children under the age of 2 are admitted free of charge.

To view the trailer, visit the film website. For information on show times and tickets, visit the Herrett Center.