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Hubble: You can not keep a good telescope down – for long



 The Hubble Space Telescope is carrying the spacecraft mission. STS 125 carries out on Atlantis shuttle photo Credit - NASA - Copy

The Hubble Space Telescope as seen by the crew Photo: NASA

In 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope began its mission after being deployed by Shuttle Discovery on April 25, 1990. Earlier this month, in terms of scientific operations, the spacecraft went offline. At least for a short while.

Hubble is the flagship of NASA's "Great Observatories" program and on Oct. Hubble out of safe mode.

It took that team about three weeks to get one of the backup gyros online and ran into it some issues with getting it to work properly. On Oct. 27 at 2:10 a.m. ET (06:10 GMT) – Hubble began observing the distant, star-forming galaxy DSF2237B-1-IR. The telescope uses its Wide Field Camera 3 to capture the images in the infrared wavelengths. The feat is just more resumed "normal" operations one day earlier.

As has been detailed earlier, gyros measures the rotation speeds of telescopes. HST is now back in action with three operating gyros

Hubble, Chandra, Spitzer and other space-based telescopes

If one were Hubble has long surpassed its warranty. In the past years, Hubble has surpassed its warranty.

The last servicing mission to Hubble, STS-125 was conducted on Space Shuttle Atlantis in 2009. With NASA's fleet of shuttle orbiters now residing in museums or tourists spots, there is no means to carry out any additional maintenance flights to the telescope.

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Jason Rhian

Jason Rhian spent several years honing his skills with internships at NASA, the National Space Society and other organizations. Aviation Week & Space Technology, Space.com, The Mars Society and Universe Today.


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