Hubble Space Telescope experiences shutdown; ground team working to restore

Hubble Space Telescope experiences shutdown; ground team working to restore
Noisy out there. Pixabay

[Ed. – Don’t tell me we’re going to miss SMOD’s final approach.]

NASA is working quickly to fix the Hubble Space Telescope after an issue with a 1980s-era computer on board caused the famous orbiting observatory to temporarily shut down.

The Hubble Space Telescope, which in 2020 marked its 30th year in orbit, halted operations on Sunday (June 13) just after 4 p.m. EDT (2000 GMT) after problems arose with one of the telescope’s computers from the 1980s. The Hubble operations team suspects that the trouble could be due to a degrading memory module, according to a NASA statement. The team is hard at work trying to correct the issue, switching to one of the telescope’s several backup modules.

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On Sunday, the telescope’s main computer stopped receiving signals from the payload computer and sent an error message to the ground system back on Earth, which alerted the operations team that something was wrong, the team said.  …

The computer that stopped working on Sunday is a payload computer that controls the observatory’s science instruments as part of the telescope’s Science Instrument Control and Data Handling module.

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