The Penn Science Cafe Presents: "To the Stars by Balloon, an Adventure in Astronomy"

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Media Contact:Greg Lester | | 215-573-6604September 26, 2005

WHAT:  The Penn Science Cafe, the lecture series that pulls science out of the lab and takes it out for a night on the town.  It is chance to ask your questions directly to leading scientific experts.  

WHO: Mark Devlin, professor in Penn's Department of Physics and Astronomy  

WHERE:  The MarBar   

40th and Walnut streets, Philadelphia

WHEN:   6 p.m., Monday, Sept. 26

     Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

     Menu items available for purchase.

This summer, an international team of researchers, led by Penn's Mark Devlin, launched the most highly sensitive telescope of its kind ever carried by balloon.  The Balloon-borne Large Aperture Sub-millimeter Telescope, or BLAST, journeyed from Sweden to Canada, collecting images of the distant light that details the formation of stars and the evolution of whole galaxies.

From the tense liftoff in Sweden to the danger-fraught recovery in the Arctic wastelands of Northern Canada, join us as Dr. Devlin recounts the science and adventure of a space journey that happened right here on Earth.