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Last seen as the backdrop for Werner Herzog’s Encounters at the End of the World, home to shivering, isolated eccentrics and the odd penguin marching off solo to its demise, Antarctica’s McMurdo research station figures prominently in this 2009 doc by Paul Devlin, who records two separate missions by University of Pennsylvania astronomers and grad students to hoist a high-powered telescope into the heavens. Attached to a massive balloon, the telescope will beam back images that can help solve the mysteries of the universe’s creation — or so hopes project leader Mark Devlin, the director’s brother. Attention all stargazers: Mark Devlin will appear to the human eye at tonight’s free public screening, discussing the project and the ensuing film.
Thu., March 4, 7 p.m., 2010

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