NASA’s $10 Billion Webb   Micrometeoroid

Space Telescope Struck by

NASA’s James Webb Space

Telescope sustained an impact to one of its primary mirror segments between May 23 and 25.

Tiny meteoroids pose a 

significant threat to spacecraft because their average speed relative to orbit is a staggering 22,500 mph

Micrometeoroid strikes are

 an unavoidable for any spacecraft, which routinely sustain many impacts over the course missions in space

The team found the telescope

 is still performing at a level that exceeds all mission requirements despite a marginally detectable effect in the data.

Impacts will continue to

 occur throughout the entirety of Webb’s lifetime, such events were anticipated when building the mirror on the ground.

After a successful launch,

 deployment, and telescope alignment, Webb’s beginning-of-life performance is still well above expectations

Spacex Launches Egyptian 

Communications Satellite