NASA engineers working to fix Hubble after gyroscope failure

Hubble Space Telescope sidelined by serious pointing failure

Last week, the Hubble telescope stood down from observing and put itself into "safe mode" after one of its gyroscopes, which keeps it aimed at objects of scientific interest in space, died. Unfortunately, that backup gyroscope "was not performing at the level required for operations", according to NASA, and now it's up to the agency's scientists and engineers to determine how to proceed. Hubble Space Observatory was sent to scan through the cosmos on shuttle Discovery in April 1990 after which, it received a total of five repairs and servicing missions with the latest being in 2009.

"Hubble entered safe mode after one of the three gyroscopes actively being used to point and steady the telescope failed".

However, if we look back, we must say that since it launched into orbit in 1990, at 500 kilometres above the surface of the Earth, it has made nearly one and a half million observations and has located three quarters of the exoplanets we know today, amounting to about 4000.

In addition to all that, the Hubble Space Telescope has not only observed exoplanets.

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During Hubble's early years the gyroscopes died often, and replacing them was one of the main tasks of servicing missions.

The other three gyros that are available onboard are expected to have significantly longer operational lives as they were technically enhanced. The dead gyroscope is the third standard one to fail.

NASA said that two gyros are now running. An Anomaly Review Board made up of experts in the field will also convene to investigate and figure out a recovery plan.

Dr. Rachel Osten, deputy mission head for the Hubble Space Telescope, tweeted, "Very stressful weekend". While the mode offers less sky coverage at any particular time, there is a relatively limited impact on overall scientific capabilities. This is certainly a serious problem for astronomers, as any slight variation could ruin the research and the validity of the data collected. In the meantime, two of the telescope's scientific instruments - the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph and the Advanced Camera for Surveys - stopped working due to power supply failures.Good as newSpace shuttle missions returned five times to Hubble over the space telescope's first 19 years to fix it. "That could really have been the beginning of the end", Jenkner says.The team has known for more than a decade that someday Hubble will have to work with fewer than three gyroscopes.

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