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NASA's Hubble Space Telescope returns to action after a hardware problem



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On January 8, Wide Field Camera 3 on NASA Hubble's telescope telescope has left the action. A hardware issue has caused the tool to suspend operations.

The latest update from NASA is good news, but: Hubble's Large Room 3 resumed scientific observations, photographing the distant universe immediately after lunch, January 17th.

Analyzing the January 8 errors, NASA concluded that the voltage levels exceeded safe values, triggering suspension of operations. Other evaluations have shown that voltage levels have been OK, but telemetry circuits – which help NASA collect telescope data – were "not right." A router-like reset has brought the operations of those telemetry circuits.

Wide Field Camera 3 is just one of Hubble's sets of tools, and while NASA has worked to recover it from collecting scientific images, Hubble's other tools have continued to function normally.

NASA says that Hubble should stay above 2025, which would mean investigating the space for a solid 35-year period. At that time, it existed smiling faces captured in the cosmos and provided new ways to see dark matter. Recently, it lasted an incredible 1,6GB image of the Triangulum galaxy you could navigate through your PC screen.

Operated by both NASA and the European Space Agency, the Hubble Space Telescope has been on a mission for 15 years when it was launched on April 25, 1990. Wide Field 3 Camera was a Hubble installation installed in May 2009 during its last mission service mission that plans to expand Hubble's mission to 20 years. It is now in its 29th year of life.

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