NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope Returns to Science Mode Written 15 March 2021


Hubble Space Telescope | Credit: NASA

Space News reported that NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope “resumed observations March 11 after a software error placed it in a protective safe mode several days earlier.” The “software error was traced to what an agency statement called an ‘enhancement’ recently uploaded to the spacecraft. That enhancement was intended to compensate for fluctuations from one of the telescope’s gyroscopes, but a glitch in the software caused a broader problem with Hubble’s main computer, triggering the safe mode early March 7.” Controllers “resolved the problem for now by disabling that software enhancement, and plan to correct the flaw and test the new software further before uploading it again.”
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