The aging telescopes of NASA and ESA once again show their tenacity.
The Hubble Space Telescope is doing great for an observatory that has spent more than three decades in space. NASA announced Tuesday that Hubble is back fully operational after aRelated to “synchronization issues with internal spacecraft communications” late October.
The Hubble team spent time troubleshooting the problem and slowly bringing the telescope’s science instruments back online. “The team still hasn’t found any further synchronization message problems since monitoring began on Nov. 1,” NASA said.
The telescope went into safe mode the first time errors occurred and suspended science operations. It was the latest in a series of technical glitches that have surfaced in recent years. Despite the problems faced — including the need toHubble has managed to persevere.
The telescope is a joint project of NASA and the European Space Agency. The Hubble team hopes to implement some software improvements so that the telescope can continue its observations even if the synchronization problem reappears.
Hubble is showing its age, but it may still last for many more years. Next GenerationIts launch date is nearing, but that doesn’t mean Hubble is headed into retirement. “NASA expects the two observatories to work together in this decade to further expand our knowledge of the universe,” the space agency said.