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Hubble Space Telescope Out of Action Due to Gyroscope Failure

Penelitian - The Hubble space telescope, which has been in orbit since 1990, is currently out of action because of a gyroscope failure, the US space agency said Monday. "Mission experts are taking steps to return Hubble to great science," the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said.

It said Hubble went into "safe mode" on Friday because of the failure of another of the six gyroscopes used to orient the telescope. Hubble is currently down to two working gyroscopes and needs at least three for optimal operations but it can continue to provide observations with just one functioning gyroscope.

Penelitian Hubble Space Telescope Out of Action Due to Gyroscope Failure

"Very stressful weekend. First step is to try to bring back the last gyro, which had been off, and is being problematic," said Rachel Osten, the deputy head of the Hubble mission.

"We knew it was coming. The gyro lasted about six months longer than we thought it would (almost pulled the plug on it back in the spring). We'll work through the issues and be back," Osten added.

Hubble has made numerous outstanding observations of the cosmos since it was deployed in 1990. The James Webb Space Telescope, the successor to Hubble, is scheduled to be launched in March 2021.

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