NASA’s aging Hubble Space Telescope still in safe mode as glitch fixes falter

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The NASA/ESA Hubble House Telescope throughout deployment in 1990.


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The Hubble House Telescope has spent over three a long time bringing us wonderful photographs and knowledge, however the spacecraft is exhibiting its age. The Hubble staff is constant to troubleshoot an issue with the getting old telescope’s payload pc — a bit of hardware constructed within the 1980s — that controls its science devices.

The pc subject cropped up on June 13. “After analyzing the information, the Hubble operations staff is investigating whether or not a degrading reminiscence module led to the pc halt,” NASA said in a statement last week. Hubble is a joint venture from NASA and the European House Company.

In a Friday update, NASA stated the telescope is wholesome, however the science devices stay in secure mode. The Hubble staff already tried restarting the payload pc, however encountered the identical glitch once more. The staff tried switching over to a backup module, however the command failed to finish. One other try wasn’t profitable. 

“The operations staff will likely be operating checks and accumulating extra data on the system to additional isolate the issue,” the company stated.  

The telescope has weathered a sequence of technical glitches in recent times. A software program error despatched it into secure mode for a number of days in March.

Hubble has been remarkably resilient as scientists watch for the much-delayed next-generation James Webb House Telescope to launch, hopefully later this yr. James Webb will proceed to broaden on Hubble’s legacy. 

If previous efforts are any indication, Hubble may presumably persevere previous this newest downside and resume its useful science operations, however NASA can be going through the fact of working with outdated methods which have lengthy outlasted expectations.

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