The James Webb Space Telescope Faces a New Glitch in Space

The James Webb Space Telescope Faces a New Glitch in Space
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The James Webb Space Telescope is not planning on staying away for too long, just a few years. But let’s be real, a few years in space is like dog years, so it’s basically an eternity. But don’t worry, JWST is going to have plenty to keep itself busy while it’s up there. It’s got a pretty impressive to-do list, including studying the origins of galaxies, peeking at the formation of stars and planetary systems, and even searching for signs of water and life on distant planets.

Basically, it’s like the ultimate space detective, solving the mysteries of the universe. But let’s be real; it’s also going to be taking a ton of space selfies and sending them back to us mere mortals on Earth. So keep an eye out for those on Instagram.

In all seriousness, JWST is a vital tool for scientists to study the universe and increase our understanding of it. It is expected to be in operation for at least 10 years, but it could continue to function for much longer.

Despite the advanced technology of Webb, it still has its limits, and it recently proved it again.

New issues with the NIRISS instrument

On January 15th, James Webb’s Near Infrared Imager and Slitless Spectrograph (NIRISS) instrument faced a communication problem that caused the flight software to time out, as per NASA’s statement on January 24th. As a result, NIRISS is not currently able to be used for scientific observations.

However, NASA brings some good news on its website:

There is no indication of any danger to the hardware, and the observatory and other instruments are all in good health. The affected science observations will be rescheduled.

James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is considered the successor of the Hubble Space Telescope and one of the most ambitious and technologically advanced space observatories ever created.

The JWST is equipped with a primary mirror that is nearly 100 times more powerful than that of the Hubble Space Telescope. It also has a sun shield that is the size of a tennis court that helps to keep the telescope at extremely low temperatures, allowing it to detect infrared light from the early universe.


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Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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