CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—The Hubble Area Telescope ought to be again in motion quickly, following a difficult, distant restore job by NASA.
The orbiting observatory went darkish in mid-June, with all astronomical viewing halted.
NASA initially suspected a Eighties-era laptop because the supply of the issue. However after the backup payload laptop additionally failed, flight controllers at Maryland’s Goddard Area Flight Heart centered on the science devices’ larger and extra encompassing command and knowledge unit, put in by spacewalking astronauts in 2009.
Engineers efficiently switched to the backup gear Thursday, and the essential payload laptop kicked in. NASA mentioned Friday that science observations ought to resume rapidly, if the whole lot goes effectively.
An identical swap happened in 2008 after a part of the older system failed.
“Congrats to the workforce!” NASA’s science mission chief Thomas Zurbuchen tweeted.
Launched in 1990, Hubble has made greater than 1.5 million observations of the universe. NASA launched 5 restore missions to the telescope in the course of the area shuttle program. The ultimate tuneup was in 2009.
NASA plans to launch Hubble’s successor, the James Webb Area Telescope, by yr’s finish.
By Marcia Dunn