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Hubble Space Telescope sidelined by serious pointing failure

 

October 7, 2018



CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The Hubble Space Telescope has been sidelined by a serious pointing problem.

NASA announced Monday that one of Hubble's gyroscopes failed last Friday. While that was expected — that particular gyro was expected to go sometime this year — the surprise came when a backup did not kick in properly Saturday.

As a result, Hubble remains in so-called safe mode and all science observations are on hold.

The 28-year-old telescope has had trouble with its gyroscopes before. Spacewalking shuttle astronauts replaced all six in 2009 during the final servicing mission. Th...



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