Hubble Space Telescope in Safe Mode, Uncertain it will Come Back Online

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for over 30 years.

The original payload computer on the satellite was built in the 1980s. The malfunction is believed to have occurred in the NASA Standard Spacecraft Computer-1 (NSSC-1) system. The NSSC-1 functioned as part of the Science Instrument Command and Data Handling module. The part was last replaced in 2009. 

Space Telescopes Reveal Mysteries

The Hubble Space Telescope has been continuously operating 340 miles up in low-Earth orbit at a speed of 17,000 miles per hour.

The Hubble is responsible for most of our knowledge of the birth of planets and stars. We have seen supernovas, new galaxies, hidden moons, and black holes. And now space experts know the approximate age of this universe and are examining the nature of dark matter. 

The Hubble has revealed many mysteries of the universe. It has far exceeded all expectations. And it will be replaced with an even more sophisticated and powerful telescope.

Last month, the James Webb Space Telescope began final testing prior to launch. Engineers completely opened the iconic 6.5m wide solar mirror.