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The JWST image shows visible damage from a micrometeorite impact.

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comparison shows bright spot from micrometeoroid impact
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A small space rock had a big impact on NASA’s newly operational deep space telescope.

A micrometeoroid struck the James Webb Space Telescope between May 22 and May 24, hitting one of the observatory’s 18 hexagonal golden mirrors. NASA reported a micrometeoroid impact in June and noted that the debris was larger than predicted in pre-launch simulations. Now scientists on the mission have shared an image that shows the severity of the impact in the report. (will open in a new tab) released July 12 and describes what the scientists involved in the mission learned about the use of the observatory in its first six months in space.


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