James Webb Space Telescope practices tracking an asteroid for the 1st time

James Webb Space Telescope practices tracking an asteroid for the 1st time

NASA’s next-generation space observatory successfully watched a moving asteroid as the telescope inches towards the end of its six-month commissioning period.

The successful tracking of a nearby object shows that the James Webb Space Telescope can keep a watch on solar system objects as well as the distant galaxies, stars and other faraway objects it is expected to observe in its perhaps 20-year lifespan.


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