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Offline Flyaway

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More trouble for Hubble
« on: January 09, 2019, 12:51:11 am »
An issue for the venerable Hubble Telescope.

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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:

https://twitter.com/NASAHubble/status/1082857056225259520

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Re: More trouble for Hubble
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2019, 02:06:17 am »
https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2019/advanced-camera-for-surveys-anomaly-on-hubble-space-telescope

March 1, 2019
Advanced Camera for Surveys Anomaly on Hubble Space Telescope
hubble in the black
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
Credits: NASA

At 8:31 p.m. EST on Feb. 28, the Advanced Camera for Surveys aboard NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope suspended operations after an error was detected as the instrument was performing a routine boot procedure. The error indicated that software inside the camera had not loaded correctly. A team of instrument system engineers, flight software experts and flight operations personnel quickly organized to download and analyze instrument diagnostic information. This team is currently working to identify the root cause and then to construct a recovery plan.

The telescope continues to operate normally, executing observations with the other three science instruments — the Wide Field Camera 3, the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph and the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph — that are all performing nominally. There are no critical observations using the Advanced Camera for Surveys scheduled for the remainder of this week or next week, and the observations that were planned over the next two weeks can be easily rescheduled.

Originally required to last 15 years, Hubble has now been operating for more than 28 years. The final servicing mission in 2009, expected to extend Hubble’s lifetime an additional five years, has now produced more than nine years of science observations. During that servicing mission, astronauts repaired the Advanced Camera for Surveys, installed in 2002, after its power supply failed in 2007.

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Re: More trouble for Hubble
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2019, 07:15:01 am »
Not surprising that the Hubble Space Telescope is in trouble again, after all it has been in space for almost thirty years now.  Hope they get the issue sorted so that Hubble can get to it's 30th Anniversary year.