Subtitle on container: America's first journey into space
Title from title frame.
The completed documentary focuses on 3 major telescopes: Yerkes, Mt. Wilson, and Palomar.
DVD chapters menu includes special features and a teachers guide.
Narrator, Maurice LaMarche.
"The film traces the story of the Chicago-born astronomer George Ellery Hale, considered the father of astrophysics, as he struggles personally and professionally to build the greatest telescopes of the 20th century at the Yerkes and Mount Wilson Observatories, and finally the 20-year effort to build the million-pound telescope on Palomar mountain beginning in the 1930s. Hale's observatories revolutionized our understanding of the universe"---www.shoppbs.org
CMGL has an excerpt or segment from this video about the "Glass giant", Corning's 200" disk (Bib no. 92079) This video segment concentrates on the Hale telescope at Mount Palomar, and the lens which was produced by Corning Glass Works, in Corning, NY. Although the idea of casting a piece of glass of this size was first discussed and planned in 1931, it wasn't until March of 1936 that the disk was completed and shipped to the Mount Palomar Observatory, in California. Included are black and white photographs and film which document the making of the 200" disk. George McCulley, Corning's project engineer, oversaw the project from beginning to end. Many of the problems that Corning encountered in this project are detailed in this segment.
Commercially available from PBS Home Video, a department of the Public Broadcasting Service.