According to a recent NASA report, Hubble Space Telescope lost its main camera, the so-called Wide Field Camera 3, and as the US space agency stated, its engineers and scientists are not likely to address the issue anytime soon due to the government shutdown.
The US space agency has reported that the Hubble Space Telescope lost its Wide Field Camera 3, the main observational instrument of the spacecraft, due to unknown technical problems. Hubble continues its operations using the other tools, while the NASA’s researchers are investigating the so-called “anomaly” that caused the main camera to stop working.
“At 17:23 universal time, the Wide Field Camera 3 suspended operations due to a hardware problem. Hubble will continue to perform science with its other instruments while the Wide Field Camera 3 anomaly is investigated,” NASA reported on Twitter.
Hubble Space Telescope Lost Its Main Camera, The Wide Field Camera 3
“The Wide Field Camera 3 on the Hubble Space Telescope suspended operations due to a hardware problem. 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,” added NASA on its official site.
Luckily, Hubble Space Telescope can still operate by using its other instruments, so its scientific mission won’t be delayed due to the “anomaly” that caused the Wide Field Camera 3 to fail. On the other hand, unfortunately, the NASA’s Goddard center, from where the space telescope is operated, is closed due to the government shut down.
Also, the Hubble Space Telescope is getting old. The spacecraft launched in space in 1990, so it’s almost 30 years old. Earlier, in 2018, Hubble also suffered an issue with one of its gyros. Back then, the scientists managed to fix the problem. Now, NASA’s engineers might not repair the Hubble’s main camera anytime soon.
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