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The Journey to Palomar DVD

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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.
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4.0

Fascinating Story

By NW Natual

from Eugene, OR

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Comments about PBS The Journey to Palomar DVD:

In depth, informative, interesting history of the conception, planning, development, and implementation of George Hale's dream: The Palomar Telescope.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

fantastic DVD

By Lisa

from New YOrk, NY

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Comments about PBS The Journey to Palomar DVD:

so incredibly interesting and well done. I was glued to the set.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent

By Jim & Susan

from Bend, OR

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Comments about PBS The Journey to Palomar DVD:

Very enjoyable and educational. I didn't know very much about Hale but now I do. Thanks for the information.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Astounded

By Doane

from Carmel by the Sea, CA

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Comments about PBS The Journey to Palomar DVD:

I knew about Hale, but not about the amazing steps in building the 100" and then the 200" telescopes and the extent of his total involvement in these wonders; also the star status the projects had in the world at the time. It's sad that Hale never saw his 200" telescope completed, but he has given this world the wonder of the universe. A asteroid, a crater on the moon and Mars and of course, the telescope at Palomar, are all named after him. His ideas were built by amazing men who, before they had lazers or other modern instruments, were able to work in steel and glass with tolerances of one millionth inch..in the last polishing steps on the 200" lens they were using their thumbs to polish the glass! This is one of the most amazing tales of two wonders of the world and the impact they had on our world. Well worth buying to support PBS and give yourself a jolt of pride in mankind in an age where there are few heroes of this magnitude anymore.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A testament to human spirit

By mj

from Duluth, MN

Comments about PBS The Journey to Palomar DVD:

I was fortunate to view this last night on local PBS station and unfortunate to view this last night because this movie engaged my mind on so many levels it was difficult to fall asleep! I was unfamiliar with George Hale's body of work and was astounded at his accomplishments, vision and ability to ignite so people's imaginations and desire to reach beyond the current level of knowledge! This movie challenged me to strive for these abilities in my own life, both personal and professional and not wait "for something to happen" but instead become a catalyst. Thanks PBS!

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