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Reach the roof of Africa with the latest Omnimax Show

From August 1 until January 31 next year, the Hong Kong Space Museum's latest Omnimax Show "Kilimanjaro íV To the roof of Africa" will allow audiences to experience up close the immense distances, the countless challenges and the profound mysteries of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Located in Tanzania, near the equator, along Africa's Great Rift Valley, Kilimanjaro is Africa's highest mountain and the planet's highest freestanding mountain. Its highest summit is 5,895 metres high.

Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano, with its last eruption occurring 100,000 years ago. Perhaps Earth's earliest humans had gazed upon the many wonders of Kilimanjaro.

Although Kilimanjaro lies only 3 degrees south of the equator, it is crowned by ice. The presence of snow so close to the equator has been a fascination and mystery for explorers.

Kilimanjaro's vast slopes host five distinct climate zones and ecosystems, ranging from equatorial to arctic, that include rainforests, heath, moorlands, alpine deserts and glaciers. Temperatures range from 30 degrees Celsius to below zero. Each zone occupies approximately 1,000 metres of the mountain, and boasts its own unique plant and animal species. As one treks up the mountain, plant and animal life become increasingly sparse.

Every year, 15,000 people attempt to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro and almost half fail. The most frequent illness that trekkers may encounter is altitude sickness, a result of climbing too high, too fast. However, the real adventure of climbing Kilimanjaro is in making the journey íV regardless of whether or not the summit is reached.

Photographed in the world's largest and most evocative motion picture format, this film will take viewers to experience the exceptional climates and landscapes of this mystical mountain.

The 40-minute Omnimax Show "Kilimanjaro íV To the roof of Africa" will be screened daily at 1.30pm, 5pm and 8.30pm at the museum's Stanley Ho Space Theatre. The Space Museum is closed on Tuesdays (except public holidays).

Tickets are available at the Space Museum Box Office and at all URBTIX outlets for $24 (front stalls) and $32 (stalls). Full-time students, senior citizens and people with disabilities will receive a half-price concession.

The Space Museum is located at 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. For further information, call 2721 0226 or visit the website at http://hk.space.musuem/ .

Ends/Saturday, July 30, 2005
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