2 weeks ago, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope released its first full-colour images since going skyward in December 2021.
Considered the world’s largest and most powerful space telescope, it revealed ‘the oldest galaxies ever seen by human eyes’, evidence of water on a planet, and numerous other discoveries that have since enthralled astronomers all across the globe.
But, recent reports show that the $10 billion Telescope may have sustained permanent irreversible damage– all because of a small space rock!
You see, back in May 2022 the telescope was smashed during a micrometeoroid strike which was initially suspected to not have caused much damage. But a new paper published by a group of scientists reveals that the hit had caused uncorrectable damage to one of its mirrors.
While the telescope continues to outperform expectations despite the damage, further harm to it on account of frequent meteorite strikes poses a cause for concern. In fact, this is a common problem that every satellite and space telescope has to deal with.
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