NASA shares the first images of meteor damage on the James Webb Space Telescope

NASA shares the first images of meteor damage on the James Webb Space Telescope

Since its launch on December 25, 2021, NASAs The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has been thrown by at least 19 small space rocks – including a large one left noticeable damage on one of the telescope’s 18 gold-plated mirrors.

In a comprehensive new status report posted in the pre-print database arXiv.org (opens in new tab), NASA scientists have shared the first images showing the extent of this damage. Looking at the C3 mirror in the lower right corner of the image, the impact point appears as a single luminous white dent that soils the surface of the golden mirror.

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