Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

The Hubble Space Telescope has to take a Break Due to Malfunction

The Hubble Space Telescope has to take a Break Due to Malfunction

NASA said that it is now working to resume science operations of the Hubble Space Telescope. "Staff at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre and the Space Telescope Science Institute are now performing analyses and tests to determine what options are available to recover the gyro to operational performance". During the last and final servicing mission, in May 2009, astronauts installed six new gyroscopes. "Safe mode puts the telescope into a stable configuration until ground control can correct the issue and return the mission to normal operation", NASA said in a.

Hubble Space Observatory has total six gyroscopes in order to keep it pointed straight at the target of which, three are of an older model and three are a newer model that was serviced during the last 2009 servicing mission.

Even so, The Hubble Space Telescope is able to go back to work since it can work with only 2 gyroscopes.

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The gyro that failed had been exhibiting end-of-life behaviour for approximately a year, NASA revealed, and its failure was not unexpected. The other three remaining gyros which are available for use for technically enhanced as well as to get a longer operational lives. For the moment, NASA has left it out of circulation, since one of the gyroscopes stopped working last Friday, so aiming at any space object is more now hard. Like cataracts, he says, it's "a sign of aging, but there's a very good remedy."While we wait for news of how Hubble is faring, here's a look back at some of its previous hiccups and fix missions.1990: The blurry mirrorOn June 27, 1990, three months after the space telescope launched, astronomers discovered an aberration in Hubble's primary mirror". NASA said the "enhanced" gyro did not quite behave the way it was supposed to. The Hubble Space Telescope, after more than 28 years orbiting the Earth, is starting to fail, as predicted. An Anomaly Review Board made up of experts in the field will also convene to investigate and figure out a recovery plan. "If the outcome of this investigation results in recovery of the malfunctioning gyro, Hubble will resume science operations in its standard three-gyro configuration". As a result, Hubble remains in safe mode for now. While the mode offers less sky coverage at any particular time, there is a relatively limited impact on overall scientific capabilities.

Launched in 1990, Hubble has had trouble with its gyroscopes before.

Amateur astronomers have also been given access to Hubble for research purposes.

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