The Hubble Space Telescope, in orbit since 1990, is currently shut down due to a failure in its gyroscopes, NASA announced Monday.
The telescope went into ” safe mode ” Friday following a failure of one of its gyroscopes, key parts used to steer the telescope and ensure its stability during shooting.
Only two of Hubble’s six gyroscopes are still in operation, while three are needed for optimal operation, although he can continue to make observations with only one of them.
Experts “take steps to bring Hubble back to the highest scientific level,” tweeted the US Space Agency.
The weekend was “very stressful,” Rachel Osten, assistant director of the Hubble Mission, wrote on Twitter.
“We knew it was going to happen,” she added. “The gyroscope worked about six months longer than we thought.”
We will work on these issues and we will be back.
Rachel Osten, Deputy Director of the Hubble Mission
Launched on April 24, 1990 by Discovery Shuttle, Hubble was orbited 570 kilometers from Earth. He has since accumulated images of the solar system, the Milky Way and very distant galaxies.
Several times pushed back, the launch of the powerful James Webb Space Telescope , which will replace Hubble, is scheduled for March 2021.
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