The Hubble Space Telescope must be again in motion quickly, following a tough, distant restore job by NASA.
The orbiting observatory went darkish in mid-June, with all astronomical viewing halted.
NASA initially suspected a Nineteen Eighties-era pc because the supply of the issue. But after the backup payload pc additionally failed, flight controllers at Maryland’s Goddard Space Flight Center targeted on the science devices’ larger and extra encompassing command and knowledge unit, put in by spacewalking astronauts in 2009.
Engineers efficiently switched to the backup gear Thursday, and the essential payload pc kicked in. NASA stated Friday that science observations ought to resume shortly, if all the pieces goes properly.
The same change occurred in 2008 after half of the older system failed.
“Congrats to the staff!” NASA’s science mission chief Thomas Zurbuchen tweeted.
Launched in 1990, Hubble has made greater than 1.5 million observations of the universe. NASA launched 5 restore missions to the telescope through the area shuttle program. The closing tuneup was in 2009.
NASA plans to launch Hubble’s successor, the James Webb Space Telescope, by yr’s finish.