The space telescope went into safe mode due to an onboard software bug.
The Hubble Space Telescope went into safe operation on March 7. It was an automatic switchover caused by a software bug. This was announced by the NASA aerospace agency on its Twitter page.
Experts say that often the failure of the device occurs due to an abnormal state of the system, which is determined by its on-board computer. And this is a potential threat to the device.
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In addition, the researchers say that Safe Mode is a malfunction due to minor bugs in the software that can be fixed.
At ~4:00 a.m. EST on Sunday, the Hubble Space Telescope went into safe mode due to an onboard software error. All science systems appear normal and Hubble is safe and stable. The team is working plans to safely return it to normal science operations. pic.twitter.com/6JlSSHisLd— Hubble (@NASAHubble) March 8, 2021
Hubble is a joint project between NASA and the European Space Agency. It was sent on board the shuttle Discovery to Earth orbit in April 1990.
After putting the space telescope into orbit, agencies began to receive blurry images. In 1993, the apparatus was modernized and the telescope began to send unique images.
The space telescope is a very important part of astronomy, so scientists are hoping for prompt troubleshooting. Moreover, in October this year, it is planned to launch the James Webb orbital observatory, the successor to Hubble, which has the latest equipment for researching astronomical phenomena.
Using the Hubble and Spitzer ground-based telescopes and space observatories, the scientists studied comet P/2019 LD2 (ATLAS), which first demonstrated the properties of Jupiter’s Trojan asteroid, and that turned out to be a cometary tail.