NASA shares first images of meteor damage to James Webb Space Telescope

Since its launch on December 25, 2021, NASA James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) was bombarded by at least 19 tiny space rocks – including a large one that left noticeable damage on one of the telescope’s 18 gold-plated mirrors.

In a sprawling new status report published in the Preprint Database (opens in a new tab), NASA researchers have shared the first images showing the extent of this damage. Seen on the C3 mirror in the lower right corner of the image, the impact site appears as a single bright white bump staining the surface of the gold mirror.

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