February 6, 2023

The Hubble Space Telescope was launched in 1990 (File).


The Hubble Space Telescope, which has been peering into the universe for greater than 30 years, has been down for the previous few days, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) mentioned Friday.

The downside is a payload laptop that stopped working final Sunday, the US house company mentioned.

It insisted the telescope itself and scientific devices that accompany it are “in good health.”

“The payload computer’s purpose is to control and coordinate the science instruments and monitor them for health and safety purposes,” NASA mentioned.

An try to restart it on Monday failed.

NASA mentioned preliminary proof pointed to a degrading laptop reminiscence module because the supply of the pc downside. An try to modify to a back-up reminiscence module additionally failed.

The expertise for the payload laptop dates again to the Eighties, and it was changed throughout upkeep work in 2009.

Launched in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope revolutionized the world of astronomy and altered our imaginative and prescient of the universe because it despatched again photos of the photo voltaic system, the Milky Way and distant galaxies.

A brand new and extra highly effective one, known as the James Webb Space Telescope, is scheduled to be deployed late this yr. It is designed to see deeper into the cosmos than ever earlier than.

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