With no formal education, Jim Burr began engineering precision telescopes. Now after 30 years he has built telescopes for NASA, MIT, and many other world renowned organizations. Here is his story of how a college drop out got into the telescope business and has the "greatest contribution to the telescope since Galileo."
Director and Producer- Erik Fellenstein
Cinematography and edit- Reece Bolin
This is a computer rendering of the planned Giant Magellan Telescope expected to be in operation around 2019. It will have 10 times the resolution of the Hubble Space Telescope. It will be located in the Atacama Desert in Chile at about 9,000 feet. The Atacama Desert is one of the driest places on earth, far away from city lights and close to the calm high-altitude Pacific ocean air making it an excellent place for the next generation of giant class telescopes like the GMT. The GMT mirrors will have a collecting area approximately 80 feet in diameter, dwarfing any telescope now in operation. The science mission includes early galaxy formation, black holes, quasars, neutron stars, dark energy, dark matter, and detection of extra-solar planets that might harbor life. The most exciting thing about the GMT will be the discoveries that cannot be anticipated.