March 8, 2013 Episode 1: Seeing Beyond: The James Webb Space Telescope Download this episode HD QuickTime 428 MB Medium QuickTime 119 MB Low QuickTime 75.9 MB HD WMV 254 MB Medium WMV 83.5 MB Low WMV 40.5 MB HD Xvid 409 MB Medium Xvid 201 MB Low Xvid 77.8 MB Embed Embed Put this video on your Website. Copy and paste the HTML code below: Shownotes Astronomy changed on April 24th, 1990, with the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope. Perched high above the Earth's atmosphere, no other scientific instrument has had a greater impact on how we view our place in the universe. Hubble has given us unprecedented views of the cosmos: from detailed images of planets in our solar system to the most distant galaxies ever seen. For almost 25 years, the Hubble Space Telescope has provided the ultimate framework for understanding our universe. Now humanity is turning its attention to the next stage in our comprehension of all that is. The James Webb Space Telescope stands poised to penetrate the universe unlike any instrument that's come before. The largest space telescope ever conceived by humanity is being built now, and it promises to build on Hubble's foundation to provide unprecedented glimpses into the very beginning of the universe, the first stars ever to shine, and planets around other stars. With the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, humanity embarks on a new voyage towards an understanding of not only the universe we live in, but of our place within it.