NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine. The Hubble Space Telescope is almost back to normal after a failed orientation tool has been…
NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine. The Hubble Space Telescope is almost back to normal after a failed orientation tool has been raised.
NASA’s famous Hubble Space Telescope is almost back to normal after a failed orientation tool forced engineers to put it in safe mode earlier this month, the US Space Agency said.
The problem came from one of the equipment on board felt like a gyroscope, which helps to point and target the telescope.
Gyro was one of three in active use and had worked in recent months. 1
9659005] Two others have already failed, said NASA, of a total of six on the telescope that has circulated the land since 1990.
The telescope was put in safe mode and ceased its science acquisition operations on October 5 while Earth-based engineers tried to fix the problem.
An attempt to revive the gyroscope by turning it in the opposite direction seems to have cleared a possible blockage, NASA reported late on Monday.
Next, the US Space Agency plans to conduct a series of tests to evaluate the performance of gyro under conditions similar to those encountered in routine observations, including moving to targets, locking a goal and performing precision punctuation, a NASA statement said.
“After these technical tests have been completed, Hubble is expected to return to normal science operation soon.”
The Hubble Space Telescope has helped scientists discover the beliefs of new planets, making a 3D map of dark matter in the universe
A joint project by NASA and the European Space Agency, originally thought to be 15 years old, but has been in operating more than 28.
While in safe mode, NASA said its “instrument is still fully functional and is expected to provide excellent science in the coming years.”
Hubble’s successor, James Webb Space Telescope, is scheduled to start in 2021.
Hubble moves closer to normal science operations