NASA thinks it fixed the Hubble’s gyroscope issue, but still isn’t sure what went wrong
NASA's Hubble has been experiencing a bit of unexpected downtime lately. The aging space telescope was forced to enter a default "safe mode" state when it began experiencing problems with the gyroscopes that it uses for orientation. Now, it seems as though NASA might have fixed the problem, even though they aren't quite sure what the issue was in the first place.
In a new update, NASA explains the steps it's taken to resolve the issue that it detected with the Hubble's backup gyroscope in the wake of a separate gyro failure on October 5th. When the first gyro failed, the backup gyro began spinning for the first time in nearly eight years, and that's when things started to get a bit scary.
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NASA thinks it fixed the Hubble’s gyroscope issue, but still isn’t sure what went wrong originally appeared on BGR.com on Tue, 23 Oct 2018 at 11:55:33 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.