James Webb space telescope runs into technical issue in space

located one lakh fifty thousand kilometers away from earth the james webb space telescope is a marvel of engineering but it remains vulnerable to the harsh space environment the spacecraft has now run into a new technical difficulty after an issue was observed with its mid-infrared instrument

NASA scientists have observed a technical problem with the james webb space telescopes mid-infrared instrument since its launch the web telescope has been offering scientists unprecedented views into the universe beyond our planet the most recent of which was the telescope’s first image and spectra of mass the space agency has conveyed an anomaly review board to investigate the issue nasa said that miri instrument has four observing modes imaging low resolution

spectroscopy medium resolution spectroscopy and chronographic imaging on august 24th a mechanism that supports medium resolution spectroscopy exhibited what appears to be increased friction during setup for a science observation this mechanism is a grating wheel that allows scientists to select between short medium and longer wavelengths when making observations using the mrs mode after performing preliminary health checks and investigations into the issue NASA conveyed the anomaly review board on september 6th to assess the best path forward to fix the issue in the

meanwhile, the web team has paused scheduling observations using that particular observing mode while they analyze its behavior

the telescope continues to be in good health as the other three modes of miri are operating normally and are available for science observations this is not the first incident faced by web in july this year nasa reported that 10 billion dollar space observatory was damaged after being hit by at least 19 small space rocks one of the rocks left noticeable damage on one of the 18 gold plated mirrors on the space telescope but scientists are prepared for these eventualities as the james webb space telescope is designed to continue functioning even when it comes across such issues webb’s predecessor the hubble space telescope has run into a large number of technical issues since it began functioning over 30 years ago but it is still going on

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