Discovery, Science Channel to air “Telescope” doc

The U.S. cable networks will broadcast a behind-the-scenes documentary on the construction of the James Webb Space Telescope (pictured) in early 2016.
October 21, 2015

U.S. cable networks Discovery Channel and Science Channel will broadcast a behind-the-scenes documentary on the construction of the James Webb Space Telescope (pictured).

Directed by Oscar nominee Nathaniel Kahn, Telescope will provide an in-depth account of the people and technologies responsible for creating the latest orbiting infrared observatory in NASA’s arsenal of long-range space telescopes.

The film will provide audiences with a look into “the high-stakes mission of building the Webb Telescope,” promising to reveal a number of firsts, including the testing of never-before-seen technologies.

As the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, the Webb will offer 100 times the resolution, longer wavelength coverage, andĀ improved sensitivity to the near- and mid-infrared light, which allows scientists further insight into the beginning of time and the ability to venture inside dust clouds birthing stars and planetary systems.

Construction on the instrument is slated to be completed in October 2018.

The film is part of Discovery Communications’ ongoing “Educate to Innovate” program, aimed at promoting student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Telescope will air across both channels in early 2016 as part of a special weekend of science programming.

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