The famous space telescope experienced protracted technical difficulties after apparent problems with its memory systems.
The Hubble Space Telescope is out of service as it continues to orbit about 547 km above Earth.
The carrier-sized device has been placed in safe mode to preserve its future functionality and remains in that state.
Hubble first encountered the problems on June 13, with initial indications pointing to deterioration of the computer’s memory module as the source of the problem.
The team tried switching to a spare memory module, but that didn’t solve the problem.
In a report released on June 22, NASA wrote: “After conducting tests on several computer memory modules, the results indicate that another piece of computer hardware may have caused the problem, and the memory errors are not. Being just symptomatic … the team is currently designing tests It will be up and running over the next few days to try to isolate the problem further and identify a potential solution.
If the current computer problem cannot be resolved, Hubble has a spare computer on board. Once enabled, this device will require a performance review of several days before normal operations can be fully restored. It will also be the first time the backup computer has booted since it was installed in 2009.
While the 30-year-old telescope has been idle for 10 days, developments and the information generated continue to flow.
A new report has identified the spiral galaxy NGC 3254 as the Sivert galaxy.
Seyfert galaxies contain extraordinarily energetic nuclei that release as much energy as the rest of the galaxies combined. These galaxies contain supermassive black holes at their centers and emit large amounts of radiation.
While NGC 3254 appeared to be a typical galaxy, Hubble helped identify its nature in sieverts through image combinations captured in the visible and infrared spectrum.
The second report that has emerged since Hubble’s collapse is the existence of a galaxy that apparently lacks the right amount of dark matter.
Debates continue about the significance of this finding, but Hubble’s contributions to narrowing down the possibilities are unequivocal.
The James Webb Space Telescope is scheduled to complete the Hubble telescope in 2021 and is described as “the largest and most powerful space telescope ever built and launched into space.” However, Hubble was the first telescope designed to be maintained by astronauts in space, its last visit was in 2009, and it is expected to continue operations for at least 10 years.