The Hubble Space Telescope went into "safe mode" on March 7, caused by a software glitch that brought scientists' observations to a halt. NASA said in a statement on March 12 that the telescope is now partially operational, but there are still problems.
The Hubble Space Telescope is back in action, with one camera still out of action
NASA says the Hubble Space Telescope has made its first scientific observations since resuming operations, using a cosmic spectrometer to map the flow of gas in the core of an active galaxy. But the WFC3 camera was still on pause, and the researchers discovered a low voltage problem that prevented it from starting.
The camera was installed on NASA's last service mission in 2009, when astronauts aboard the space shuttle installed the camera themselves. The Hubble Space Telescope has been in operation for more than 30 years, during which time NASA has used the Space Shuttle for many repair and upgrade missions, IT Home has learned.
So far, three of Hubble's six gyroscopes are not working, and the team of engineers is trying to make adjustments to keep the telescope functional.