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NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has stopped working for the second time this year

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For the second time this year, the Hubble Space Telescope experienced a malfunction that caused some of its functions to stop working.

NASA made the announcement late Monday, saying the aging space telescope’s science instruments went into “safe mode” after experiencing “synchronization issues with internal spacecraft communications.”

“Scientific observations have been temporarily suspended while the team investigates the matter,” the US space agency added in a tweet.

‘The instruments remain in good health.’

The Hubble Space Telescope malfunctioned for the second time this year

It science instruments went into 'safe mode' on Oct. 25 after it suffered from 'synchronization issues with internal spacecraft communications'

It science instruments went into ‘safe mode’ on Oct. 25 after it suffered from ‘synchronization issues with internal spacecraft communications’

When the Hubble is in safe mode, it does not observe celestial objects or collect data, but it is still on.

A NASA spokesperson confirmed to DailyMail.com on Wednesday that the Hubble is still in safe mode.

The Hubble, which has been in space for more than 30 years, first stopped working in June after having problems with a 1980s computer that controls its scientific instruments.

On June 14, flight controllers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland tried to restart the computer after noticing it stopped working on June 13, but they encountered the same problem and were unable to get it to work normally.

In June, the Hubble stopped working after it had problems with a 1980s computer that controls its scientific instruments

In June, the Hubble stopped working after it had problems with a 1980s computer that controls its scientific instruments

Science operations on the Hubble resumed on July 17, after a month in which it was halted due to a technical malfunction.

The agency successfully performed a “high-risk” maneuver to switch the Hubble over to its backup computer.

The switch “was done to compensate for a problem with the original payload computer that occurred on June 13 when the computer shut down, interrupting scientific data collection.”

The switchover, which began on July 15, involved bringing the backup Power Control Unit (PCU) and the backup Command Unit/Science Data Formatter (CU/SDF) online on the other side of the Science Instrument and Command & Data Handling (SI C&DH) unit.

The PCU supplies power to the SI C&DH components, while the CU/SDF sends and formats commands and data.

NASA added that other hardware on the Hubble had also switched to alternate interfaces to connect to the backup SI C&DH.

The backup payload computer was then powered on, loaded with software and normal operating mode.

Before being powered up in July, the backup payload computer hadn’t been powered on since it was installed in 2009 during Hubble’s last maintenance mission.

Hubble, a joint project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency, has been observing the universe for more than three decades.

It has made more than 1.5 million observations of the universe and more than 18,000 scientific papers have been published based on its data.

The telescope orbits the Earth at a speed of about 27,300 km/h in low Earth orbit at about 340 miles, slightly higher than the International Space Station.

Launched in April 1990 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Hubble is showing increasing signs of aging despite a series of repairs and updates by spacewalking astronauts during the NASA shuttle era.

The telescope is named after the famous astronomer Edwin Hubble who was born in Missouri in 1889 and discovered that the universe is expanding, and so is the speed at which it is expanding.

The Hubble recently celebrated its 31st birthday in space, doing so with an image of a giant star that is “on the brink of destruction.”

The US space agency will replace the Hubble with a $10 billion James Webb Telescope.

After months of delays, the James Webb Telescope will launch into space on December 18, 2021 aboard ESA’s Ariane-5 rocket.

Earlier this month, the telescope was successfully unpacked in French Guiana, where it will go into space after traveling 5,800 miles.

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope still works and has made more than 1.3 million observations since its mission began in 1990

The Hubble Telescope was launched on April 24, 1990 via the space shuttle Discovery from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

It is named after the famous astronomer Edwin Hubble who was born in Missouri in 1889.

He is perhaps best known for discovering that the universe is expanding and the rate at which it is doing so – now devised the Hubble constant.

The Hubble Telescope is named after the famous astronomer Edwin Hubble who was born in Missouri in 1889 (pictured)

The Hubble Telescope is named after the famous astronomer Edwin Hubble who was born in Missouri in 1889 (pictured)

Hubble has made more than 1.3 million observations since its mission began in 1990 and has contributed to the publication of more than 15,000 scientific papers.

It orbits the Earth at a speed of about 27,300 km/h in low Earth orbit at an altitude of about 340 miles.

Hubble has a pointing accuracy of 0.007 arcseconds, which is like shining a laser beam on Franklin D. Roosevelt’s head from a dime about 200 miles (320 km) away.

Named after Edwin Hubble who was responsible for devising the Hubble constant, the Hubble telescope is one of the greatest astronomers of all time

Named after Edwin Hubble who was responsible for devising the Hubble constant, the Hubble telescope is one of the greatest astronomers of all time

Hubble’s main mirror is 2.4 meters (7 feet, 10.5 inches) wide and a total of 13.3 meters (43.5 feet) long – the length of a large school bus.

Hubble’s launch and deployment in April 1990 marked the most significant advances in astronomy since Galileo’s telescope.

Thanks to five maintenance missions and more than 25 years of operation, our view of the universe and our place in it has never been the same.

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