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

Since launching on Dec. 25, 2021, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has been pelted by at least 19 tiny space rocks — including one large one that left noticeable damage on one of the telescope’s 18 gold-plated mirrors.

In a sprawling new status report posted to the pre-print database (opens in new tab), NASA researchers have shared the first images showing the extent of that damage. Seen on the C3 mirror in the lower right-hand corner of the image, the impact site appears as a single bright white tooth besmirching the golden mirror’s surface.

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