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World premiere of NASA film at The Wild Center

January 23, 2014
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

TUPPER LAKE - The Wild Center will host the world premiere of a new film produced by NASA on Saturday.

"Water Falls," a film created exclusively for spherical screens like the center's Planet Adirondack, introduces the Global Precipitation Measurement mission to the public and explains the mission's profound importance to everyone who lives on Earth.

In 2014, GPM will launch a Core satellite that will anchor a fleet of domestic and international satellites designed to measure precipitation around the globe approximately every three hours. The mission is driven by the need to understand more about the global water cycle, one of the most powerful systems on Earth. Water Falls will use the sphere of Planet Adirondack to give viewers a global view of water, where it comes from and where it may be going.

The film will show four times during the day (11a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.), each time with a special introduction by producer, Michael Starobin.

At 1 p.m., Dr. Dalia Kirschbaum, GPM applications scientist, and Michael Starobin will give a talk about the exciting, upcoming GPM mission and the making of Water Falls. There will be other family activities, focused on water, throughout the day. Admission is free to The Wild Center all day.

As one of North America's great watersheds, The Wild Center makes its own backyard a showcase for compelling presentations about the water cycle. As a launch point for a movie about a subject that matters to everyone on Earth, the GPM team wanted to make a direct connection with a community that already knows how vital it is to steward its fresh water resources, while simultaneously partnering with an exciting educational community that may not ordinarily get the chance to host a major release.

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