After a month of repairing an odd glitch, NASA has returned the instruments on the Hubble Space Telescope to operational status. The collection of data has also resumed.
On July 17, NASA returned the Hubble Space Telescope to science operations. It was the first data collected since the payload computer experienced a problem on June 13.
The Hubble Space Telescope has been giving the world incredible insight into the cosmos for over three decades. The idea of the telescope was first conceived in the 1940’s, however it took decades of planning and research before it was launched in 1990.
It took over a month to investigate the cause of a problem with the payload computer that helps to control the onboard science instruments. “I’m proud of the Hubble team, from current members to Hubble alumni who stepped in to lend their support and expertise. Thanks to their dedication and thoughtful work, Hubble will continue to build on its 31-year legacy, broadening our horizons with its view of the Universe,” says NASA administrator Bill Nelson.
NASA anticipates that the Hubble Space Telescope will last for many more years and will continue to work with other space observatories to discover more about the cosmos.
Over the years the Hubble Space Telescope has made amazing discoveries like the two moons of Pluto called Nix and Hydra. In 1995 the Hubble Space Telescope took the famous picture of the Eagle Nebula, which was later renamed Pillars of Creation. The telescope was named after American astronomer Edwin Hubble.