Top space stories of the week!

The COVID-19 variant Omicron has caused a major astronomy conference to be cancelled, the dinosaur-killing asteroid has caused years of darkness on Earth, and NASA’s newly launched space telescope has discovered revealed its visor. Here are some of this week’s top stories from

James Webb Space Telescope discovers its sun visor

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope removes mantles from its sunshade in this animation of a key deployment step happening in space on December 30, 2021.

(Image credit: NASA)

The newest telescope to reach space is slowly making progress to begin its science mission. This week, the James Webb Space Telescope began the important mission of unleashing its massive sunshade. On Thursday (December 30), the mission released the protective film of the sun visor so that the movement could open up later this week. Once fully ready, the visor will advance the telescope’s scientific observations by keeping Webb’s instruments at the supercooled temperatures needed for them to run. Top space stories of the week!

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