About one week ago, NASA reported that the Hubble Space Telescope lost its main camera due to an unknown glitch. Luckily, the telescope could continue its scientific mission by using its other instruments. Now, however, the Hubble Space Telescope is once again fully operational, scientists fixing its faulty camera.
“Hubble will continue to perform science observations with its other three active instruments, while the Wide Field Camera 3 anomaly is investigated. Wide Field Camera 3, installed during Servicing Mission 4 in 2009, is equipped with redundant electronics should they be needed to recover the instrument,” NASA said right after the announcement that the Hubble Space Telescope’s main camera malfunctioned, more than a week ago.
According to some new reports, NASA has fixed the faulty Wide Field Camera 3, the Hubble Space Telescope’s main camera, by simply switch it on and off, repeatedly, a measure that usually works for unresponsive IT components.
Hubble Space Telescope Is Once Again Fully Operational, Scientists Fixing Its Faulty Camera
The automatic shut down of the Wide Field Camera 3 was initially thought to be caused by a problem with voltage levels. However, a more recent analysis revealed that the voltage was correct only that the camera’s readings were terrible. NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope flight controllers managed to fix the telemetry circuits.
Then, they switch the main camera of Hubble on and off, and it worked. Now, Hubble Space Telescope is once again fully operational thanks to the scientists’ intervention.
Hubble Space Telescope launched in orbit in 1990, and since then it has sent home a lot of photos with planets, distant galaxies, and other fascinating space objects. Its main camera, the Wide Field Camera 3 is the last and final version of the instrument that the scientists installed back in 2009. The Hubble Space Telescope would eventually be replaced with the James Webb Telescope, a more massive and performant one.
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