Renowned Boston planetarium screens Mars film to celebrate 60th

An audience at the Charles Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Science enjoys a scene from the Museum’s own astronomy show.
An audience at the Charles Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Science enjoys a scene from the Museum’s own astronomy show. –Michael Malyszko

BOSTON (AP) — A renowned Boston planetarium is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a new film that’s out of this world.

The Museum of Science’s Charles Hayden Planetarium is debuting “Destination Mars: The New Frontier.” It explores humankind’s efforts to reach the red planet.

The movie was created in-house by planetarium producers and artists with support from NASA.

It premiered Saturday and will continue to be shown as part of the planetarium’s celebrations marking six decades since its founding in 1958. It’s welcomed more than 13 million visitors since then.

The film features narration from Hollywood actor Keith David and includes original music by Claudio Ragazzi, a Grammy Award-winning professor at Boston’s Berklee College of Music.

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