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Explore the Universe with Discovery's TELESCOPE

TELESCOPE takes viewers behind the scenes of the next step in the evolution of telescopes: NASA's James Webb Space Telescope.

100 times more powerful than the Hubble Space Telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope is capable of looking back on the origins of our universe and identifying signatures of potential life on planets far outside our solar system.




Take a Dynamic Journey of our Universe with TELESCOPE


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 Center and the Space Telescope Science Institute, the operations center 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 farther into the universe and answer fundamental questions that have haunted mankind from the beginning of time.

This film will be available to all Discovery Education Streaming and Discovery Education Science Techbook customers.

Don't currently have Discovery Education Streaming or Science Techbook? Click here to request a preview and ensure your students don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to be on the cutting-edge of science.

Classroom Activities (K-12)

Below please find a number of activities to use in your classroom to provide context to, and engagement with, the topic of space and the telescope.

Discovery Education Space Day Virtual Field Trip

Complement TELESCOPE with the Discovery Education Space Day Virtual Field Trip.

Live from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

2015 is an exciting year for planetary exploration with a number of important NASA missions and significant discoveries. Visit NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center to find out more about NASA’s missions, their cutting-edge discoveries, and why it is important for us to continue to explore the solar system.

This 30 minute Virtual Field Trip is appropriate for all grades.

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