Free Documentary on the James Webb Space Telescope #SpaceSaturday

The James Webb Space Telescope is amazing. In any other year, the images it has brought to the public would be the topic of constant conversation, amazement, and long monologues on the place of humanity in the universe. The revered PBS series NOVA has released on YouTube a documentary on the engineering behind the JWST. Here’s more from PBS and NOVA:

How did NASA engineers build and launch the most ambitious telescope of all time? Follow the dramatic story of the James Webb Space Telescope—the most complex machine ever launched into space. If it works, scientists believe that this new eye on the universe will peer deeper back in time and space than ever before to the birth of galaxies, and may even be able to “sniff” the atmospheres of exoplanets as we search for signs of life beyond Earth. But getting it to work is no easy task. The telescope is far bigger than its predecessor, the famous Hubble Space Telescope, and it needs to make its observations a million miles away from Earth—so there will be no chance to go out and fix it. That means there’s no room for error; the most ambitious telescope ever built needs to work perfectly. Meet the engineers making it happen and join them on their high stakes journey to uncover new secrets of the universe.

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