Following NASA's historic release on July 12 of images taken by the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), scientists have confirmed that the impact of a tiny space rock several months previously did caused permanent damage. 

Following a micrometeorite strike on the telescope which occurred between May 23rd and May 25th, NASA remained confident that despite the dent caused by the rock, operations would go ahead as planned. 

However, whilst NASA continues to reinforce the message that the telescope is working well, a recent statement has now confirmed that one of the 18 gold-plated mirrors has received "uncorrectable" damage.

Since entering space on December 25 2021, the JWST has been pelted by at least 19 rocks to date, 6 of which, (including the more noticeable one that impacted in May), have left noticeable "deformities" on several mirrors. 

Thankfully, rigorous testing beforehand by engineers expectant of such impacts, plus the ability to enhance received images, means that the JWST remains fully-operational and according to the report is still "exceeding expectations across the board". 

Following the Hubble Space Telescope and the JWST, NASA has announced that a new space telescope will join its compatriots before 2030. 

The Roman Space Telescope will launch no earlier than 2026 and NASA has already said that it will pay Elon Musk's SpaceX business $255 million to launch the scope from Kennedy Space Centre, aboard a Falcon Heavy rocket. 

The scope will then travel 930,000 miles and settle in the same orbital pattern as the JWST.