The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is the largest, most powerful, and most expensive (at a cost of $10 billion) telescope ever launched into space. The scientific research of this infrared telescope will once again move us towards a better understanding of the very beginning of the universe, try to spot the first galaxies, unravel the mystery of the formation of the oldest stars and, last but not least, focus on the study of exoplanets – the search for a second Earth. The American documentary film The Hunt for Planet B captures the human drama behind the development and construction of the giant space telescope, which, after many delays, was sent on its mission on 25 December 2021. We will witness the story of a pioneering group of scientists, mostly women, on a journey to find life beyond our solar system. What will these eventual discoveries mean for our own existence as we look back on planet Earth?
The Hunt for Planet B
Janet Arenberg, Jon Arenberg, Natalie Batalha, Charles Darrow
English with Czech subtitles
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