The New York City Premiere of the Documentary BLAST!, featuring Penn's Balloon-Borne, High-Altitude Telescope

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 8, 2009


WHAT: The 2008 documentary film BLAST! follows a team of scientists, led by Mark Devlin, professor of astronomy and astrophysics, in their attempts to figure out how galaxies form by launching a revolutionary new telescope on a NASA high-altitude balloon.

The film follows cosmologists from Sweden to Antarctica as they attempt — and fail and try again — to launch the high-altitude telescope above the earth’s atmosphere.

DETAILS:

June 11, 7 p.m.
Premiere with astrophysicists Mark Devlin, Barth Netterfield and distinguished panelists
IFC Center, 323 Ave. of the Americas, New York

June 12 to 18
Five screenings per day, plus Q-and-A with Emmy-winning filmmaker Paul Devlin, Mark Devlin and guest astrophysicists.
Cinema Village
22 E. 12th St., New York

Additional information is available at http://blastthemovie.com/screenings.html

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