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Hubble Space Telescope goes into safe mode due to failed gyro; Plan B pending
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The 28-year-old Hubble Space Telescope is temporarily out of service, due to the failure of one of its gyroscopic pointing devices, but scientists say they’re working on a Plan B. Today NASA confirmed reports that Hubble scientists such as deputy mission head Rachel Osten were passing along over the weekend: One of the telescope’s three active gyros had failed on Friday, which hampered the telescope’s ability to point at astronomical targets for long periods. NASA said that Hubble’s instruments were still fully operational, and that mission managers were working to address the gyro issue: “Built with multiple redundancies, Hubble had… Read More read more
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