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Hubble Trouble

Software Glitch Shuts Down Hubble Space Telescope

byVictor Tangermann
Mar 9
NASA

The iconic space telescope is aging fast.

Safe Mode

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has encountered a software glitch and had to put itself into a protective “safe mode” over the weekend, Space.com reports.

In the early morning hours of Sunday, “the Hubble Space Telescope went into safe mode due to an onboard software error,” reads a tweet by the telescope’s official Twitter account.

“All science systems appear normal and Hubble is safe and stable,” the statement continues. “The team is working plans to safely return it to normal science operations.”

Standby

For 30 years now, Hubble has been delivering incredible images of the known universe.

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Following a gyroscope failure in October 2018 however, the space telescope had to switch on a backup gyroscope from standby mode. This new gyroscope, designed to help the space telescope point at the right direction, did not come online properly, forcing Hubble to go into a similar “safe mode.”

After three weeks, though, Hubble managed to solve its gyroscope issue and become fully operational once more.

Hopefully the industrious telescope will make it through this hiccup and keep astronomers on their toes for decades to come.

READ MORE: Hubble Space Telescope in safe mode after software glitch [Space.com]

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