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"The Hunt For Planet B": A Wonderful Documentary That NASA Simply Ignores

21 Nov 2021, 04:53 UTC
"The Hunt For Planet B": A Wonderful Documentary That NASA Simply Ignores
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Keith's note: I just watched "The Hunt For Planet B", a documentary on the James Webb Space Telescope which aired on CNN. I must say that this is a splendid film. It managed to capture the scope and breadth of what JWST is going to do and the scientific and political complexities that have dogged its development. Most importantly, however, this fim is about the people who have labored to build this spacecraft and those who have developed the science that will now be turbocharged once it is in operation.

When you work on something that takes decades to develop and then has decades of operations ahead, you find your lifetime becoming inexorably intermeshed with the mission. Some of the people in this documentary are young and have their entire careers ahead of them. Imagine what they will learn. Others in this film, some of whom I have known for 30 years, provide the shoulders upon which this next generation will stand. Yet despite their age, they are all compelled - drawn - sometime in ways that are hard to voice - to this mission for a singular purpose - to peer back in time and to understand the ...

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