The James Webb Space Telescope has a second instrument malfunction

Every spacecraft malfunctions once in a while, and even the most powerful space telescope ever launched isn’t immune.

the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST or Webb) launched in December 2021 and has been conducting scientific observations since July 2022, astounding the world with its remarkable images and revolutionary data. But on Jan. 15, JWST’s Near Infrared Imaging and Slotted Spectroscopy (NIRISS) instrument “experienced a communications delay within the instrument, causing its flight program to time out,” the Jan. 24 report said. statment (Opens in a new tab) from NASA. The statement noted that NIRISS cannot currently be used for science.

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