NASA Says Hubble Space Telescope Down For Past Few Days.

NASA Says Hubble Space Telescope Down For Past Few Days

The Hubble Space Telescope was launched in 1990 (File).

Washington:

The Hubble Space Telescope, which has been peering into the universe for more than 30 years, has been down for the past few days, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said Friday.

The problem is a payload computer that stopped working last Sunday, the US space agency said.

It insisted the telescope itself and scientific instruments that accompany it are "in good health."

"The payload computer's purpose is to control and coordinate the science instruments and monitor them for health and safety purposes," NASA said.

An attempt to restart it on Monday failed.

NASA said initial evidence pointed to a degrading computer memory module as the source of the computer problem. An attempt to switch to a back-up memory module also failed.

The technology for the payload computer dates back to the 1980s, and it was replaced during maintenance work in 2009.

Launched in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope revolutionized the world of astronomy and changed our vision of the universe as it sent back images of the solar system, the Milky Way and distant galaxies.

A new and more powerful one, called the James Webb Space Telescope, is scheduled to be deployed late this year. It is designed to peer deeper into the cosmos than ever before.

NDTV News

NDTV.com provides latest news from India and the world. Get today’s news headlines from Business, Technology, Bollywood, Cricket, videos, photos, live news coverage and exclusive breaking news from India.

https://www.ndtv.com/

Related news
Rep. Smith rips St. Louis prosecutor’s no-show at murder trial: ‘Unacceptable’

Rep. Smith rips St. Louis prosecutor’s no-show at murder trial: ‘Unacceptable’

Rep. Jason Smith, R-Mo., tells ‘Fox News Live’ there’s ‘no excuse’ for the St. Louis prosecutor to be absent during a murder trial. #FoxNews Subscribe to Fox News! Watch more Fox News Video: Watch Fox News Channel Live: FOX News Channel (FNC) is a...

Tokyo Olympics: Team GB gaining momentum

Tokyo Olympics: Team GB gaining momentum

Team GB have not yet won a medal, but their momentum could see them on a podium in no time. The first medals have been awarded at the Tokyo Olympics, with China taking gold in the Women's 10-metre Air Rifle. In rowing, Helen Glover qualified for t...

COVID-19: Protesters against restrictions in violent clashes with police in Paris.

COVID-19: Protesters against restrictions in violent clashes with police in Paris.

French anti-riot police fired teargas as clashes erupted during protests in central Paris against COVID-19 restrictions and a vaccination campaign. Police sought to push back demonstrators near the capital's Gare Saint-Lazare railway station after...

Jill Biden Watches Olympic Basketball, Swimming, with Macron.

Jill Biden Watches Olympic Basketball, Swimming, with Macron.

U.S. first lady Jill Biden was spotted Saturday cheering on U.S. athletes on the first day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Biden was joined by French President Emmanuel Macron as the two watched the U.S. and French battle it out in the women's 3-...

See Don Lemon's reaction when ex-Trump doctor gets upset with reporters.

See Don Lemon's reaction when ex-Trump doctor gets upset with reporters.

Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX) took issue with reporters asking GOP lawmakers if they were vaccinated, and said reporters should be asking the Democrats if they are vaccinated. A CNN survey found that 100% of Democratic lawmakers on Capitol hill have b...

Tom Homan sounds off on Biden ‘enticing’ illegal border crossings.

Tom Homan sounds off on Biden ‘enticing’ illegal border crossings.

Former acting ICE director and Fox News contributor Tom Homan reacts to the growing border crisis. #FoxNews Subscribe to Fox News! Watch more Fox News Video: Watch Fox News Channel Live: FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news se...