First Images from Rebooted Hubble

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First Images from Rebooted Hubble

Post by bystander » Mon Jul 19, 2021 11:19 pm

First Images from Rebooted Hubble:
Astronomers Peer at Oddball Galaxies

NASA | GSFC | STScI | HubbleSite | 2021 Jul 19

Hubble Returns to Full Science Observations and Releases New Images
NASA | GSFC | STScI | 2021 Jul 19

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is back in business, exploring the universe near and far. The science instruments have returned to full operation, following recovery from a computer anomaly that suspended the telescope’s observations for more than a month.

Science observations restarted the afternoon of Saturday, July 17. The telescope’s targets this past weekend included the unusual galaxies shown in the images above. ...

These snapshots, from a program led by Julianne Dalcanton of the University of Washington in Seattle, feature a galaxy with unusual extended spiral arms and the first high-resolution glimpse at an intriguing pair of colliding galaxies. Other initial targets for Hubble included globular star clusters and aurorae on the giant planet Jupiter.

Hubble’s payload computer, which controls and coordinates the observatory’s onboard science instruments, halted suddenly on June 13. When the main computer failed to receive a signal from the payload computer, it automatically placed Hubble’s science instruments into safe mode. That meant the telescope would no longer be doing science while mission specialists analyzed the situation.

The Hubble team moved quickly to investigate what ailed the observatory, which orbits about 340 miles (547 kilometers) above Earth. Working from mission control at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, as well as remotely due to COVID-19 restrictions, engineers collaborated to figure out the cause of the problem.

Complicating matters, Hubble was launched in 1990 and has been observing the universe for over 31 years. To fix a telescope built in the 1980s, the team had to draw on the knowledge of staff from across its lengthy history. ...

Hubble Returns to Science Operations
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Re: First Images from Rebooted Hubble

Post by neufer » Tue Jul 20, 2021 3:38 am

bystander wrote:
Mon Jul 19, 2021 11:19 pm

Hubble was launched in 1990 and has been observing the universe for over 31 years. To fix a telescope built in the 1980s, the team had to draw on the knowledge of staff from across its lengthy history. ...
ta152h0 wrote:
Mon Jul 19, 2021 6:30 pm

As you can see, astronomy is not just for nerds with slide rulers hanging from their belt.
As you can see, astronomy sometimes just for nerds
who went to school with slide rulers hanging from their belt.
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