Celebrate the one year anniversary of the astonishing James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) with Unknown. The new Netflix documentary titled Unknown: Cosmic Time Machine tells the epic story of how this historic astronomy mission was created and achieved.

Directed by Shai Gal and executive produced by Jason Spingarn-Koff (Volcano: Rescue from Whakaari), Cosmic Time Machine premieres on July 24, 2023 and provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse at NASA’s dedicated team of visionary engineers and scientists as they prepare to launch the James Webb Space Telescope. Oscar and Emmy winning Liz Garbus & Dan Cogan (Becoming Cousteau) are producing through their Story Syndicate company.

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The advanced technology follow-up to the Hubble Space Telescope, the JWST is the largest, most complex space observatory in the world. It lifted off aboard an ESA Ariane 5 rocket on Christmas Day of 2021 from a spaceport in French Guiana and arrived at the stable Lagrange 2 point, 1 million miles (1.6 million km) from Earth in January of 2022.

“Unknown” is a new four-part docuseries that delivers true stories of “adventure and exploration” in a weekly series that began on July 3, 2023 with Unknown: The Lost Pyramid, and was followed by Unknown: Killer Robots on July 10 and “Unknown: Cave of Bones” on July 17. Monday the 24th is the JWST episode. NASA’s riskiest mission has provided stunning images and discoveries every few days. Here’s our story of the launch and mission.

This is the latest from JWST, a super-clear view of the Rho Ophiuchi cloud, the closest star-forming region to Earth. This gorgeous image is possible because JWST sees in the infrared, allowing it to peer through the swirling clouds and explosions of star forming regions. This is only 390 light years from Earth. Each of the colored, curving, streaks are jets from new stars.

For more, see The JWST official site.


David Raiklen
David Raiklen

David Raiklen wrote, directed and scored his first film at age 9. He began studying keyboard and composing at age 5. He attended, then taught at UCLA, USC and CalArts. Among his teachers are John Williams and Mel Powel.
He has worked for Fox, Disney and Sprint. David has received numerous awards for his work, including the 2004 American Music Center Award. Dr. Raiklen has composed music and sound design for theater (Death and the Maiden), dance (Russian Ballet), television (Sing Me a Story), cell phone (Spacey Movie), museums (Museum of Tolerance), concert (Violin Sonata ), and film (Appalachian Trail).
His compositions have been performed at the Hollywood Bowl and the first Disney Hall. David Raiken is also host of a successful radio program, Classical Fan Club.