Hubble space telescope in ‘safe mode’ after technical snag, to begin science operations soon: NASA (PHOTO: Twitter)
The Hubble Space Telescope, which suffered technical snag recently, is now on a ‘safe mode’ and looking to resume science operations, NASA said in a statement.
The NASA spacecraft – Hubble - entered the safe mode on October 5 after one of its gyroscopes—used to point and steady the probe-had failed to function.
With Hubble in safe mode now, NASA is now working to restart operations. Hubble’s instruments are expected to produce excellent science for years to come, NASA said.
Facts about NASA’s Hubble and its safe mode?
How to recover failed gyro
Currently, staff at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and the Space Telescope Science Institute are trying to find out options to recover the dysfunctional gyro.
Science operations with Hubble have been suspended while NASA investigates the anomaly.
An Anomaly Review Board of experts from the Hubble team and industry familiar with the design and performance of malfunctioning gyro, is being set up to build a recovery plan.
Impact on the overall scientific capabilities
In case of recovery: If the outcome of this investigation results in recovery of the malfunctioning gyro, Hubble will resume science operations in its standard three-gyro configuration.
In case of failure: If the outcome indicates that the gyro is not usable, Hubble will resume science operations in an already defined reduced-gyro mode that uses only one gyro.
While reduced-gyro mode offers less sky coverage at any particular time, there is relatively limited impact on the overall scientific capabilities, NASA said in the statement.
(With PTI inputs)