Watch out, micrometeorite! The James Webb Space Telescope was hit at the end of May by a tiny meteorite impact, which very slightly damaged its main mirror, but fortunately will not affect the continuation of the mission, reassured NASA.
Like gravel hitting the windshield of a car, micrometeorites can slightly damage spacecraft due to their speed.
Micrometeorites are usually smaller than a grain of sand, and the scientists knew that the telescope would be exposed to this risk and had prepared for it.
But the impact, which took place between May 23 and 25, this time was revealed “bigger than what was modeled“, Nasa said in a blog post.