Glitches Send Hubble Space Telescope Into Safe Mode – NASA Team Investigating

Hubble Space Telescope in Orbit

The Hubble Space Telescope was launched by the space shuttle Discovery on April 24, 1990. Avoiding distortions of the atmosphere, Hubble has an unobstructed view peering to planets, stars, and galaxies, some more than 13.4 billion light-years away. Credit: NASA

NASA is continuing to investigate why the instruments in the Hubble Space Telescope recently went into safe mode configuration, suspending science operations. The instruments are healthy and will remain in safe mode while the mission team continues its investigation.

Hubble’s science instruments issued error codes at 1:46 a.m. EDT on October 23, indicating the loss of a specific synchronization message. This message provides timing information the instruments use to correctly respond to data requests and commands. The mission team reset the instruments, resuming science operations the following morning.

At 2:38 a.m. EDT, on October 25, the science instruments again issued error codes indicating multiple losses of synchronization messages. As a result, the science instruments autonomously entered safe mode states as programmed.

Mission team members are evaluating spacecraft data and system diagrams to better understand the synchronization issue and how to address it. They also are developing and testing procedures to collect additional data from the spacecraft. These activities are expected to take at least one week.

The rest of the spacecraft is operating as expected.

8 Comments on "Glitches Send Hubble Space Telescope Into Safe Mode – NASA Team Investigating"

  1. Did you try turning it off and back on again?

  2. It wasn’t based around a Windows PC! L😂L

  3. Has anyone considered percussive maintenance?

  4. Meanwhile Voyager 1 & 2 will be talking to space aliens in about 10,000 years.

  5. Cynthia L Binder | November 3, 2021 at 10:41 am | Reply

    🔭🔭🔭🔭earth just had one of cme fly by…electron proton particles from 🌞 🌤 🌄 sun 🌞 love the sun at times, corona mass ejection.cme hubble just got electrication…. wake up hubble. Snap out of it.

  6. How is there an image of Hubble operating in “Space” when there are no cameras outfitted to do so mounted anywhere on Hubble? That picture, that I can only assume is being claimed to be a real photo of Hubble in space or is at least meant to convey the notion that it is a real photo of Hubble in space, is LITERALLY an IMPOSSIBILITY… Hubble is not in space, has never been in space, AND obviously will never be in space collecting data of any kind… Space is Fake. Go to the FAI website and try to find the entry for STS-31 or the record that it SHOULD hold for largest mass launched to the highest altitude… You won’t find it. STS-31 is the space shuttle mission said to have carried Hubble into space and placed it into orbit, yet there is no record of it having done so. FAI is the governing body and record keeper for all Space related activities… Sorry to burst your Hubble, but Space is Fake and so is everything ever claimed to have occured in Space… Enjoy your Day…

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