NASA halts Hubble Space Telescope observations

A 1980s computer controlling science instruments has been shut down since Sunday due to possible deterioration in the memory card, NASA said in a statement.

In the statement, it was stated that the computer in question did not work despite the attempts, and it was stated that they were trying to switch to a spare memory card, and if it was successful, the telescope would be tested for a day first, and then the scientific instruments would be opened and the observations would continue.

In the statement, it was reported that the camera and other instruments on the telescope are kept in safe mode for now.

The Hubble Space Telescope, developed jointly by NASA with the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScl), has been making space observations in Earth orbit since 1990, when it was launched into space.

Instead of Hubble, which is now expected to retire, NASA’s next-generation James Webb Space Telescope, developed with European and Canadian space agencies, is planned to launch to a point about one and a half million kilometers away from the world in November.