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BLAST! : Balloon-Borne Large-Aperture Submillimeter Telescope

Author: Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm); Films Media Group.; Paul Devlin Productions.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2010], ©2009.
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : English : Educator's editionView all editions and formats
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What happens when astronomers send a fragile telescopic mirror to the edge of space-not aboard a rocket or satellite, but dangling from a huge balloon? This documentary provides the answers in a riveting story of cutting-edge physics, subfreezing launch sites, disastrous balloon trajectories, and scientists who refuse to give up. Dr. Mark Devlin of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Barth Netterfield of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Videorecording
Educational films
Internet videos
History
Additional Physical Format: Originally produced:
Paul Devlin Productions, 2010
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm); Films Media Group.; Paul Devlin Productions.
ISBN: 9781616169862 1616169869
OCLC Number: 809768324
Language Note: Closed-captioned.
Notes: Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on July 03, 2010.
Title from distributor's description.
Target Audience: 11 & up.
Description: 1 streaming video file (56 min.) : sound, color, digital file
Contents: Balloon-Borne Telescope (2:21) --
History of the Universe (1:49) --
How Do Stars Form? (2:07) --
Telescope Time Machine (3:18) --
Final Launch Preparations (4:54) --
Data from Air-Borne Equipment (2:45) --
Recovery of Telescope (3:12) --
First BLAST Project Complete (2:58) --
Astrophysics: Personal Sacrifices (2:59) --
Second Planned Launch (3:08) --
New Equipment for Launch (2:20) --
Preparation and Waiting Period (4:13) --
Redefinition and Understanding of the Universe (2:11) --
Launch of BLAST Telescope (4:27) --
BLAST Gondola on the Loose (3:01) --
Loss of Data Averted (5:26) --
Hidden Universe Revealed (4:03).
Other Titles: Balloon-Borne Large-Aperture Submillimeter Telescope
Responsibility: Paul Devlin Productions.

Abstract:

What happens when astronomers send a fragile telescopic mirror to the edge of space-not aboard a rocket or satellite, but dangling from a huge balloon? This documentary provides the answers in a riveting story of cutting-edge physics, subfreezing launch sites, disastrous balloon trajectories, and scientists who refuse to give up. Dr. Mark Devlin of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Barth Netterfield of the University of Toronto, and their support team pursue the elusive goal of studying distant star formation by detecting submillimeter light emissions. Following the experiment from arctic Sweden to Canada's polar bear country to the desolate landscape of Antarctica, the film includes fascinating discussions of the theoretical concepts involved as well as NASA-created animation sequences to illustrate the objectives, operation, and findings of BLAST. This classroom-friendly version is shortened to less than an hour.

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