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Computer problem takes Hubble offline
Posted: Thu, Jun 24, 2021, 7:14 PM ET (2314 GMT)
Hubble Space Telescope (NASA) NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has been offline for a week because of a computer problem. A payload computer, which controls operations of the telescope's instruments, stopped working last Sunday, and controllers speculated a memory module used by the computer had degraded. An effort to switch to a backup memory module, though, did not restore the computer to normal operations. NASA said Friday it is continuing to study the problem, noting there is a backup payload computer available if needed. The spacecraft itself remains in good condition, but observations can't resume until the payload computer is fixed. While Hubble has suffered several glitches in recent years, project officials said prior to this latest incident that they were confident that the telescope could continue to operate through the decade.
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