With the highly-anticipated James Webb Space Telescope set to launch later this month, Science Channel is bringing you inside this incredible event 25 years in the making with two specials. Beyond Hubble: The Telescope of Tomorrow airs Tuesday, December 21 at 10 PM ET/PT on Science Channel and gives audiences everything they need to know about the upcoming launch from French Guiana.

The first special will follow the journey of the telescope, including the tale of its construction, the testing involved in the process, and the preparation for launch. The special will feature CGI animation technology, and it will share the incredible cosmological images and mysteries that the telescope might capture.

As the next-generation successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope has mirrors that are six times bigger than Hubble. It is more powerful than any observatory built to date — detecting light 44 times fainter than current space-based telescopes. The estimated total cost of construction and operation tallies up to nearly $10 billion. It’s the next step in space exploration, what will scientists find as the telescope travels through space?

Beyond Hubble then returns Sunday, December 26 at 10 PM ET/PT on Science Channel for a post-holiday follow-up to include all the exciting moments of the launch. With the telescope’s ability use infrared vision to probe the atmosphere of any earthlike planets, what mysteries might it unlock?

Viewers can join the conversation by using the hashtag #BeyondHubble and following Science Channel on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for the latest updates.

Beyond Hubble: The Telescope of Tomorrow is produced for Science Channel by Windfall Films (part of the Argonon Group). For Windfall Films, the Producer/Director is Martin Gorst and Executive Producer is Carlo Massarella. For Science Channel, Executive Producers are Wyatt Channell and Caroline Perez, Producer is Jennifer Gross.

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