The issue, according to NASA, is a payload computer that ceased operating last Sunday. It also said that the Hubble Space Telescope is “in good health.”
The Hubble Space Telescope, which has been looking into the universe for more than 30 years, is down for the last some days. According to the US space agency, the issue is a payload computer that ceased operating last Sunday. The telescope, as well as the scientific instruments that go with it, are “in good health,” according to the statement. “The payload computer’s job is to manage and coordinate the science equipment”. On Monday, an attempt to restart it failed.
Initial indications pointed to a failing computer memory module as the root of the problem, according to NASA. A swap to a backup memory module was likewise unsuccessful. The payload computer’s technology goes back to the 1980s, and it was replaced in 2009 during routine maintenance. The Hubble Space Telescope, which was launched in 1990 and brought back photos of the solar system. It also brought pics of the Milky Way, and distant galaxies revolutionized astronomy and altered our understanding of the cosmos.
The James Webb Space Telescope, a new and more powerful one, is set to be launched later this year. It’s built to see farther into the universe than ever before.