September 30, 2023

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NASA report says Webb Telescope suffered 'irreversible damage' from micrometeorite collision

NASA report says Webb Telescope suffered ‘irreversible damage’ from micrometeorite collision

(Nexstar) — A small meteor has caused “significant irreparable damage” to NASA’s $10 billion James Webb Telescope, a new report says. Although experts say the effect was small, it prompted further investigation.

At 21 feet high, the gilded flower-shaped web mirror is the largest and most delicate ever sent into space. It consists of 18 sections, one of which was Hit bye Micrometeorites are larger than expected in May. Micrometeorites are fragments of asteroids that are usually smaller than a grain of sand, according to NASA.