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Destiny in Space
Directed byBen Burtt
Phyllis Ferguson
James Neihouse
Gail Singer
Written byToni Myers
Produced byGraeme Ferguson
StarringRoberta Bondar
Eric DeJong
Ronald Grabe
David Hilmers
Ulf Merbold
Stephen Oswald
William Readdy
Lyman Spitzer
Norman Thagard
Narrated byLeonard Nimoy
CinematographyDavid Douglas
James Neihouse
Edited byToni Myers
Music byMicky Erbe
Maribeth Solomon
Distributed byIMAX Corporation
Release date
  • 1994 (1994)
Running time
40 minutes
CountriesUnited States

Destiny in Space is a 70mm Canadian-American IMAX documentary film released in 1994. The film was written by Toni Myers, directed by Academy Award-winner Ben Burtt, and narrated by Leonard Nimoy.

The film is a showcase of the daily lives of astronauts in space, particularly on the STS-42 Space Shuttle Discovery Spacelab mission, as they fix instruments and take measurements. The film includes two Space Shuttle launches and several cargo bay scenes, including an astronaut repairing the Hubble Space Telescope. CGI recreations of the surface of Venus and Mars based on satellite data from JPL are also featured. The film looks at the future of human space exploration and what future generations might accomplish in the years to come.

Four filmmakers contributed to directing the film. Director/cinematographer James Neihouse was the cinematographer for Blue Planet, The Dream Is Alive (a 1985 documentary about the Space Shuttle program), Michael Jordan to the Max and other IMAX features. Burtt, aside from his lengthy and impressive list of sound crew credits, directed both Destiny and Blue Planet. Toni Myers edited several IMAX pictures, including L5: First City in Space, Hail Columbia (a 1982 documentary focusing on the first mission of Space Shuttle Columbia), and others.

Several scenes included launch and in-orbit footage from shuttle missions STS-41-C, STS-61-B, STS-31, STS-32, STS-34, STS-40, STS-42, STS-46, STS-51 and STS-61.


Destiny In Space is presented in 1.33:1 full frame and contains a Dolby Digital 5.1 presentation. A nine-minute making-of featurette is included in the extras, with the theatrical trailer and general IMAX trailer.