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After an unexpectedly large micrometeoroid hit one mirror segment of the James Webb Space Telescope, its operators are considering not pointing it in some directions to minimise future head-on collisions

Space

14 July 2022

Artist’s illustration of the James Webb Space TelescopeAdriana Manrique Gutierrez, NASA Animator
Scientists may have to avoid pointing the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) in certain directions too often for fear of damage from space rocks.
During the six-month period of instrument testing called commissioning, JWST was struck by at least six micrometeoroids, pieces of space dust that orbit the sun. This wasn’t unexpected – space is full of these tiny rocks, and the team predicted one collision per month – but one that struck a segment of the telescope’s mirror in May was …

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