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BLAST! Telescope Documentary Premieres Tuesday

timothy posted more than 6 years ago | from the really-want-to-see-this dept.

Space 10

Xandu writes "A documentary film about the BLAST balloon-borne telescope is about to premiere at the Toronto Hot Docs film festival. BLAST is a submillimeter telescope that floats on a balloon 37km in the air while observing the earliest star-formation and earliest galaxies. Its two science flights have been covered on Slashdot, the first from Kiruna, Sweden and the second from McMurdo Station, Antarctica. Virtually all the software used on BLAST is open source, and the kst display program has been discussed here as well. If you live in or near Toronto, it's showing twice, Tuesday evening and Saturday afternoon. The film contrasts the science with the human element and hardships endured while working in such exotic locations. Naturally, the movie trailer is online."

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For those of us who are QuickTime impaired... (1)

vertinox (846076) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136312)

(Or if their site gets Slashdotted) []

Re:For those of us who are QuickTime impaired... (1)

Xandu (99419) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136564)

Actually, that link is to the old trailer (actually, it's too long to be called a trailer, so ummm, call it promotional footage). Anyways, why not check out both (new trailer [] )

PS - I did bug the filmmakers about their lack of other options (over quicktime alone), and although they agreed to put up something else, they put it really low on their priority list.

Re:For those of us who are QuickTime impaired... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23140508)

A Documentary that covers space balloons in general, and has a longish segment on the first BLAST launch was on Discovery Channel, and a torrent can be found here []

For more information on the subject (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23136342)

I found this article [] very informative.

Mod Parent DOWN (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23136620)

Don't click on the parent link. It's seriously malicious. Do not follow.

Amazing (1)

aliquis (678370) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136448)

A well written, reference filled, non-duplicate, informative Slashdot article! It even has links to old Slashdot articles covering the same subject! Absolutely amazing!

Typo (1)

gomiam (587421) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136506)

It's two science flights ...

It's "its", not "it's".

Re:Typo (1)

Xandu (99419) | more than 6 years ago | (#23136634)

That's what I get for not fully checking the preview. Thanks for being my own personal grammar Nazi.

Re:Typo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23136908)

You just have to dump cold water onto this guy's [] enthusiasts, don't you.

Wow. Another American "Christian Scientist". (1)

Shturmovik (632314) | more than 6 years ago | (#23137588)

I guess this movie is of little interest to real scientists then. Pity.

"Science and faith are mutually exclusive."
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