By Claire Reilly

SYDNEY, NSW: Panasonic is boldly taking its camcorders where no camcorders have gone before – into the outer reaches of space (or to the International Space Station at least).

Panasonic has announced that it is providing its AG-3DA1 Full HD 3D camcorders to the crew of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on its 33rd flight into space. The mission will be 135th of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program and also its last before the program ends.

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According to a spokesperson from Panasonic, “NASA astronauts plan to use the lightweight 3DA1 to document the International Space Station in 3D,” as well as capture a number of “scientific missions” that will take place during the 13 day flight.

Panasonic also provided NASA with BT-3DL2550 25.5-inch 3D LCD monitors and ruggedised Toughbook notebooks, which “documented the training and preparation leading up to the launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis”.

The spaceflight is scheduled to land on 20 July 2011, with Panasonic looking forward to “sharing the compelling 3D footage from the Space Station with consumer and professional audiences worldwide to showcase the truly immersive experience that 3D can deliver.”

It's 3D, but not as we know it – Panasonic's AG-3DA1.