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Halley's Comet Could Damage NASA's James Webb Telescope Heavily Next Year: Reports

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Over the next two years, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will travel through dust and debris left in the solar system's interior by Halley's Comet.

Scientists are currently working on mitigation strategies to avoid the same fate as in May 2022, in which the space telescope worth $10 billion was destroyed by a micrometeoroid.

But don't worry; the comet itself will not strike the Webb telescope.

As per the reports, Halley's comet will not return to the solar system for another 39 years until 2061, when it will be relatively near the surface of Earth.

Webb will likely be dead shortly if this type of small damage continues. Till now, from launch time, two damaging events have happened.

Still, it's our hope that the world's most famous space observatory will continue to operate until 2040.

According to Nature, NASA's meteoroid-related environment office in the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, is now making forecasts of meteor showers for Webb's engineers.

It could result in Webb being manipulated to orient itself away from particles coming in and avoid collisions with mirrors. 

This means Webb can reduce the amount of time looking in an orbital direction.