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Hubble Space Telescope Repair Completes | Voice Of America

CAPE CAÑAVERAL, USA – The Hubble Space Telescope will soon be operational again, after a difficult remote repair by NASA. Hubble stopped working in mid-June, ceasing all astronomical observations. NASA initially suspected that a computer from the 1980s was the source of the problem. But after a backup computer also failed, flight controllers at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland focused on the orbital observatory’s command and data unit, installed by astronauts on a 2009 spacewalk. Engineers managed to power up. the backup team on Thursday and the crucial cargo computer booted up. NASA said on Friday that scientific observations should resume very soon, if all goes well. IN PHOTOS: Unpublished Images Captured by Hubble Over 30 Years The gift NASA shared with the world includes more than 30 dazzling galaxies, bright star clusters and ethereal nebulae. These impressive pictures of celestial objects have been published on the aerospace agency’s website and belong to a collection known to amateur astronomers as the ‘Caldwell catalog’. A similar change was made in 2008 after a partial failure of the previous system. “Congratulations to the team!” Tweeted NASA science mission chief Thomas Zurbuchen. Launched in 1990, Hubble has made more than 1.5 million observations of the universe. NASA launched five telescope repair operations during the space shuttle program, the last of them in 2009. The agency plans to launch Hubble’s successor, the James Webb Space Telescope, by the end of the year. Connect with the Voice of America! Subscribe to our YouTube channel and activate notifications; or, follow us on social networks: Facebook, Twitter

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