JWST image shows noticeable damage from micrometeoroid attacks

JWST image shows noticeable damage from micrometeoroid attacks

A small space rock has been shown to have a major impact on NASA’s recently operational space telescope.

A micrometeoroid hit the James Webb Space Telescope between May 22 and 24, and hit one of the observatory’s 18 hexagonal golden mirrors. NASA had uncovered the micrometeoroid attack in June and noted that the debris was larger than modeling before launch had accounted for. Now, researchers on the mission have shared a picture that shows the severity of the blow in a report (opens in new tab) published on July 12, which describes what scientists on the mission learned about the use of the observatory during the first six months of space.

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