Monday, June 28, 2021


 Hey, Space Placers!

The Hubble Space Telescope is deployed on April 25, 1990 from the space shuttle Discovery. Avoiding distortions of the atmosphere, Hubble has an unobstructed view peering to planets, stars and galaxies, some more than 13.4 billion light years away.
Credits: NASA/Smithsonian Institution/Lockheed Corporation

The 31-year old Hubble Space Telescope (HST) is in trouble as its two payload computers, the main and the back up, are not functioning properly. The computers themselves were built in the '80s so they are getting up there in years.

The iconic space telescope has been offline since June 13th and science operations are at a standstill as a result. HST's other systems and orbit are nominal.

NASA has been able to determine that the same problem affects both computers which would indicate that the problem lies elsewhere then the computers themselves.

HST is in safe mode and will remain so until the computer problem is resolved.

More info as it becomes available.

Sky Guy in VA

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