Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D takes audiences to the surface of the Moon to walk alongside the extraordinary Apollo astronauts who have stepped upon its surface. With never-before-seen photographs, CGI renditions of the lunar landscape, and previously unreleased NASA footage, audiences are immersed in the life-changing experiences of these astronauts by showcasing what they saw, heard, felt, thought, and did while on the lunar surface.

Length: 40:00

Film Details

  • Year Released: 2005
  • Date Released:
    September 2005
  • Alternate Titles:
  • Status: In Distribution
  • 3D: Yes
  • Run Time: 31-50
  • Formats: 15/70
  • Distributor:

    IMAX Corporation

  • Produced By:
  • Executive Producer: Mark Herzog, Hugh Murray
  • Producer: Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman
  • Director:  Mark Cowen
  • Associate Producer: 
  • Writer:  Christopher Cowen
  • Cinematography: Sean Phillips
  • Sound Editor: 
  • Visual Effects:
  • Music/Score:  James Newton Howard
  • Editor: William Schinski
  • Narrator: Tom Hanks
  • Other Credits: Includes the voices of Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, Matt Damon, Morgan Freeman, Paul Newman, Bill Paxton, Alan Shepard, Gary Sinise, and John Travolta.
  • Sponsors: Lockheed Martin Corporation and filmed with the cooperation of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration


  • Documentary
  • Space



  • Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project, Visual Effects Society (VES), 2005.
  • Kodak Vision Award, La Geode Film Festival, 2006.

Film Facts

The film’s content is based on “The Lunar Surface Journals,” a massive archival database compiled over the last decade by Dr. Eric Jones, which chronicles the moon walks as recounted by the astronauts.