NASA Hubble Space Telescope is at a standstill, and it will remain in safe mode to protect its cameras and telescopes from any problems that will occur during its reboot and systems reset. This was after its computer has faced a shutdown and is four days into its current state, as the space agency cannot reboot its tech to go live again.
Let us face it: NASA's Hubble Space Telescope is a 31-year-old piece of technology, and it was initially launched in 1990. Moreover, its last service where astronauts have performed a hands-on repair and tweaking of Hubble's computer was in 2009, and it has been 12 years since then, without anyone touching the space telescope.
NASA and its Hubble Space Telescope have had a great track record for the years it has operated on, until the most recent times where it has discovered fast radio bursts (FRBs) from distant, unknown galaxies. Additionally, the space telescope has also helped prove Albert Einstein's "Molten Ring" theory, seen by Hubble at the edge of the galaxy.
NASA Hubble Space Telescope is in Safe Mode-What is It?
It is known that smartphones, computers, and other modern-day technology have a so-called "safe mode," where it can be accessed without having to damage all the saved settings inside. This is usually used when a device faces a virus or any internal problems within its systems. NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has experienced the same, for its computers.
According to NASA, Goddard Space Center has already performed several reboots and tweaks to its computers to get it live and running but found no luck in doing so. With this, the space agency is looking into operations that would restore its payload computer to its former glories, and hopefully, get the telescope up and running again.
Hubble has one of the oldest computers in existence that is still up and running, this can be said for other of NASA's technology including that of the International Space Station and the like.
The problem began last Sunday, June 13, at 4 PM EDT, and since then, the space telescope has remained in safe mode to preserve its settings, and hardware like camera and telescope.
NASA Hubble is Four Days into Shutdown, Heading to Five
Hubble is experiencing one of the worst shutdowns in its history of operations, but NASA believes that it would resolve this in the coming days, especially as teams are working together for this issue.
Currently, Hubble is four days on its slumber, but would maybe lead to five as the astronomers still have not found any solutions to the problem.
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Written by Isaiah Richard