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Strap in for a wild ride with the latest Omnimax Show

From tomorrow (August 2) until January 31 next year, the Hong Kong Space Museum's latest Omnimax Show "Top Speed" will captivate audiences with the adrenaline-inducing sensation of speed by capturing some of the world's fastest men and women.

The film begins on a racetrack where Lucas Luhr, one of the fastest drivers on the circuit, led the Porsche racing team to victory after victory. On the track, Luhr reveals how race-car drivers hone their reflexes, use intense concentration, endure remarkable "G" forces, and rely on traction to fight the huge centrifugal forces threatening to rip their zooming cars from the road.

Audiences will also meet three-time Olympic Gold Medal winner Marion Jones, one of athletics' most inspiring heroines, and known as the world's fastest woman. How does Jones achieve speeds of up to 23 miles per hour on foot? The film probes the physiology of her muscles, the laser-like intensity of her concentration and the strength of her tenacity to reveal the many scientific and psychological facets that add up to being Number One.

Marla Streb, a champion down-hill mountain-bike racer whose determination to reach the most extreme speeds has cost her more than 10 broken bones and four serious concussions in spine-tingling crashes. The film invites the audience along as Streb skids and slides over the red rocks of Moab, Utah, during training and when she hurtles down the dangerous, boulder-strewn course at the World Championships in Vail, Colorado.

High-performance race-car designer Stephen Murkett, is a master at designing cars that perform effortlessly at top speeds. He streamlines and sculpts steel into the near-perfect aerodynamic shapes to avoid drag and turbulence. He invites the audience into the modelling studio where secret car designs are born, takes them on test drives through the planet's most extreme conditions, including a wind tunnel, terrain simulator test and off-road testing.

These four amazing personalities have pushed their desire for speed beyond anything most people can imagine.

The 45-minute Omnimax Show, "Top Speed", 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.museum/ .

Ends/Tuesday, August 1, 2006

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