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


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The Hubble House Telescope has spent over three many years bringing us superb photographs and information from our universe. However the spacecraft is displaying its age. The Hubble workforce is now troubleshooting an issue with the telescope’s payload laptop — a chunk of {hardware} constructed within the Nineteen Eighties — that controls its science devices.

The pc difficulty cropped up on Sunday. “After analyzing the info, the Hubble operations workforce is investigating whether or not a degrading reminiscence module led to the pc halt,” NASA stated in a press release on Wednesday. Hubble is a joint challenge from NASA and the European House Company.

“After the halt occurred on Sunday, the primary laptop stopped receiving a ‘maintain alive’ sign, which is a normal handshake between the payload and primary spacecraft computer systems to point all is nicely,” NASA stated. “The primary laptop then routinely positioned all science devices in a secure mode configuration.”

The Hubble workforce already tried restarting the payload laptop, however encountered the identical glitch once more. The workforce will strive switching over to a backup module in the present day. If that goes nicely, the pc will run for a day to verify that it is working after which the telescope will get a reboot of its science devices to return it to service.

Hubble has been remarkably resilient as scientists watch for the much-delayed next-generation James Webb House Telescope to launch, hopefully later this 12 months. James Webb will proceed to increase on Hubble’s legacy.

If previous efforts are any indication, Hubble is more likely to persevere previous this newest drawback and resume its helpful science operations.

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