The old Hubble Space Telescope has been repaired. Four on-board scientific scales work again after remote operation. This was announced by the US space agency NASA on Tuesday.
Hubble experienced a power outage at the end of October. All gadgets were placed in the so-called safe mode and scientific research was discontinued. In June, the space telescope experienced problems with its power supply. It took a month to fix it.
Launched in April 1990, Hubble has been orbiting the Earth for more than 31 years at an altitude of more than 500 km. He studied distant galaxies, among other things, which gave scientists a better picture of the origin of the universe. He also took famous photographs of distant nebulae. Hubble received its last service in 2009. It is not known how long the instruments will last. If NASA abandons the space telescope, it could slowly fall out of orbit and eventually burn up in the atmosphere sometime within the next decade.
Hubble’s successor should go to space later this month. This is the James Webb Space Telescope. It was built together by the United States, Europe, and Canada. James Webb can see farther and sharper than Hubble.