NASA's James Webb Space Telescope
launched on Dec. 25, 2021 on a mission to study the earliest stars
Webb is currently at its
observing spot, Lagrange point 2 (L2), nearly 1 million miles (1.6 million km).
It is the largest
and most powerful space telescope ever launched.
The James Webb Space Telescope
has suffered its first few micrometeoroid impacts, according to a NASA statement.
The observatory has experienced
four small impacts as well as one larger strike that hit one of the 18 primary mirror segments.
the agency said that it does not
expect meaningful changes to the timeline for first science-quality images from the mission or to the observatory's overall scientific legacy.