Building a Time Machine: The Quest to Discover How the Universe Began
To photograph the very infancy of the Universe—back when it was mere seconds years old—you need an extremely complex camera. In an operation that seems not unlike building a high-performance Go-kart in your garage, the EBEX team at Columbia University, led by physicist Amber Miller, has spent seven years building a complex balloon-borne telescope. When it takes flight later this year, over the icy dunes of Antarctica, the hope is that scientists will be able to glimpse a little further into the past than ever before. Take an inside look at the mission.
This video was presented as part of the 2012 World Science Festival program Afterglow: Dispatches from the Birth of the Universe.
Recorded June 2012; Posted June 2012