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James Webb Space Telescope hit by tiny meteorite

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Posted: 09/06/22 - 10:35
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A tiny rock fragment has hit the new James Webb Space Telescope's main mirror.

The damage inflicted by the dust-sized micrometeoroid is producing a noticeable effect in the observatory's data but is not expected to limit the mission's overall performance.

James Webb was launched in December to succeed the revolutionary - but now ageing - Hubble Space Telescope.

Astronomers are due to release its first views of the cosmos on 12 July.

The US space agency Nasa said these images would be no less stunning because of what's just happened.

I Call True: This is the 5th time that it has been hit and with no tubular baffle on it to protect them I guess it is only a matter of time until this is space junk, shame.

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22 days
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I am sure that this is very exciting to some, but in a toss up between LI and news about a telescope I am not sure what wins!
22 days
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Seems like a design flaw really. Unfortunately.
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Roll on July 12th when we get our first look at what it is seeing (subject to meteor strikes!)