After more than three weeks of inactivity, NASA says its iconic Hubble space telescope officially resumed at the end of…
After more than three weeks of inactivity, NASA says its iconic Hubble space telescope officially resumed at the end of Friday night, October 26th.
The US Space Agency reports on its website that Hubble made its first scientific observation because one of its gyros failed on October 5 during Saturday’s early morning hours. A gyro is described by NASA as a “device that measures the speed at which spacecraft turns, which is necessary to help Hubbel’s turn and lock on new goals.”
NASA says it enabled one of Hubble’s backup gyros in immediate aftermath, but it did more harm than good as it “wrongly returned rotation speeds far above actual prices.”
Before successfully returning to science operations, the Space Agency exposed the telescope for a number of maneuvers and yards while switching gyro between operational modes. NASA says its team at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland could perform these tasks without any problems.
“Hubble is now back in its normal science mode with three fully functional gyros,” reports the space agency.
“Originally required to be 15 years old, Hubble has now been at the forefront of scientific discovery for over 28 years. The team expects the telescope to continue to provide amazing discoveries well in the next decade, allowing it to work together with the James Webb Space Telescope. “