The Hubble Area Telescope, which has been peering into the universe for greater than 30 years, has been down for the previous few days, NASA mentioned Friday.
The issue is a payload laptop that stopped working final Sunday, the US house company mentioned.
It insisted the telescope itself and scientific devices that accompany it are “in good well being.”
“The payload laptop’s goal is to manage and coordinate the science devices and monitor them for well being and security functions,” NASA mentioned.
An try and restart it on Monday failed.
NASA mentioned preliminary proof pointed to a degrading laptop reminiscence module because the supply of the pc drawback.
An try to modify to a back-up reminiscence module additionally failed.
The expertise for the payload laptop dates again to the Nineteen Eighties, and it was changed throughout upkeep work in 2009.
Launched in 1990, the Hubble Area Telescope revolutionized the world of astronomy and adjusted our imaginative and prescient of the universe because it despatched again photos of the photo voltaic system, the Milky Approach and distant galaxies.
A brand new and extra highly effective one, referred to as the James Webb Area Telescope, is scheduled to be deployed late this yr. It’s designed to see deeper into the cosmos than ever earlier than.