Instrument issues with NASA's deep space telescope are being brought on by "increasing friction."

The powerful James Web Space Telescope of NASA has a flaw in one of its instruments, the organisation said on Tuesday.

A problem was found with one of the four observation modes on JWST's Mid-Infrared Instrument after the telescope had been bringing back stunning,

accurate images from far space for about two months (MIRI). While the team gathers further information, observations made in that mode are on hold.

The telescope's mid-infrared instrument, or MIRI, has the ability to view light wavelengths that are invisible to the human eye.

Clear features of objects like freshly emerging stars may be seen clearly with its help. For instance, it was used to capture the image of the galaxy ensemble "Stephan's Quintet."

The medium-resolution spectroscopic mode of MIRI experienced "increased friction" on one of the wheels used to transition between wavelengths in late August, according to a statement from NASA. 


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