NASA launched the last oxygen balloon to save the Hubble space telescope


Once again NASA has done the impossible, resurrecting an even more ancient technology, that of the Hubble space telescope, and restoring it to almost full operation.

It just confirmed that they were able to resume scientific operations on the Hubble Space Telescope on December 8.

Recall that the telescope suspended scientific observations on November 23 due to issues with one of its gyroscopes.

Despite all these uncertainties and recent problems, the agency says the space telescope is “in good health,” and is now operating with its three gyroscopes.

Meanwhile, Hubble’s main cameras, such as the Wide Field Camera 3 and the Advanced Survey Camera, also continued scientific observations on Friday.

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In any case, operations of the Cosmic Origins spectrograph and the telescope’s imaging spectrograph will not resume until the end of this month.

The problems have continued since November 19, when the agency started having problems with the gyroscopes. These gyroscopes help orient the telescope so that it points precisely in the direction indicated by the operators.

Between November 19 and November 29, these gyro tests caused three automatic power outages.

Half of the gyroscopes have stopped working in recent years, but NASA points out that the current ones are more than enough to do the requested scientific work.

Although NASA now has new eyes in space in the form of James Webb, the fact is that the Hubble It continues to be a fundamental part of human history and into the future, at least the short term future.

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