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James Webb Space Telescope suffers 1st noticeable micrometeoroid impact just months into flight

NASA says we can still expect pristine images on July 12.

NASA's next-generation space observatory has sustained its first noticeable micrometeoroid impact less than six months after launch, but the agency isn't too concerned.

Now, the agency announced(opens in new tab) on Wednesday (June 8) that the observatory has experienced its first few impacts from tiny pieces of space debris called micrometeoroids. But don't panic: Neither the observatory's schedule nor its scientific legacy is expected to suffer.

However, the recent impact was larger than those that mission personnel had modeled or could test on the ground, according to the statement.

Despite the impact coming so early in the observatory's tenure, NASA officials are confident that the $10 billion telescope will still perform adequately.

https://www.space.com/james-webb-space-telescope-suffers-micrometeoroid-impacts
 

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Adequate is the word we want associated with all expenditures.

Like our schools, Healthcare, judicial system etc.
What I like about science is funds go to purpose not wasted on the endless bureaucracy that drains 50% or more of these healthcare, school and judicial budgets? Science uplifts humanity from darkness and ignorance, and eventually it is science that enables government service projects?
 
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