Computer Issues Hubble Telescope Resolved

Hubble Space Telescope needs to be back in operation quickly. According to NASA, the problems with the telescopes computer have been resolved.

The Hubble could not be used since June 13 due to the faulty on-board computer. Solutions were devised from the earth, such as restarting the computer and switching to other memory modules, but without success.

A series of commands has now succeeded in activating a Hubble backup computer. The US Space Agency said that if everything continues to do well, the telescope astronomical observations can soon resume.

1.5 million observations

The Hubble Space Telescope was launched in 1990. Since then, more than 1.5 million sightings have been made. The Hubble was serviced five times, but those maintenance missions stopped when the space shuttle retired. Since then, the telescope has been experiencing problems regularly.

In addition, the telescope falls back to Earth very slowly. Depending on the solar activity, which can accelerate that process, the Hubble is expected to return to the atmosphere somewhere between 2028 and 2040. Later this year or early next year, the successor will be launched: the James Webb Telescope, which can look even further into the universe than the Hubble.

The Hubble was initially nearsighted after its launch in 1990, but showed brilliant images of the universe after a repair: