James Webb Space Telescope picture shows noticeable damage from micrometeoroid strike

A small space rock has proven to have a big effect on NASA’s newly operational deep-space telescope.

A micrometeoroid struck the James Webb Space Telescope between May 22 and 24, impacting one of the observatory’s 18 hexagonal golden mirrors. NASA had disclosed the micrometeoroid strike in June and noted that the debris was more sizeable than pre-launch modeling had accounted for. Now, scientists on the mission have shared an image that drives home the severity of the blow in a report (opens in new tab) released July 12 describing what scientists on the mission learned about using the observatory during its first six months in space.

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