ABOUT THE SHOW
Directed by Oscar®‐nominated filmmaker Nathaniel Kahn, this dynamic documentary - exclusive to Discovery - goes behind the scenes of the next step in the evolution of telescopes: NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope.
A new generation has been inspired to design and build this massive instrument, which is 100 times more powerful than the Hubble Space Telescope and will be a veritable time machine, capable of looking back on the origins of our universe and identifying signatures of potential life on planets far outside our solar system.
With unprecedented access to the people and technologies that power its creation, including astrophysicists, engineers at Northrop Grumman, and personnel from NASA’S Goddard Space Flight Centre and the Space Telescope Science Institute - the operations centre for Hubble and Webb - Telescope spotlights the high-stakes mission of building this massive new scientific instrument.
The film is a comprehensive look at the dynamic history of 400 years of telescopes, starting with Galileo in 1609. The Webb is the next great telescope in society’s ongoing mission to see further into the universe and answer fundamental questions that have puzzled mankind from the beginning of time.