Discussion in 'Techforge' started by Bailey, Oct 8, 2018.
Reports on Twitter that HST is currently in standby mode after a gyro failure.
It's officially in standby.
IIRC, Kepler has had a similar problem with its gyros but has still been able to do a bunch of work inspite of that. (If it wasn't Kepler, it was another telescope where the gyros all shat themselves.)
It can still operate on the remaining gyros.
Yup, it was Kepler, and it seems the issue now is that it's out of fuel, not that 3 of its 4 gyros have been dead for years.
Hopefully it's not the end, but if it is...it's given us some great stuff.
This one's my favorite. They point the HST at a small, apparently empty section of the sky and get this...
Each one of those dots is a GALAXY, each one with millions or billions of stars. Shows us very clearly that the universe is almost incomprehensibly large.
This is my favorite Hubble image.
And what always blows my mind is that this no longer exists. It is so far away from us that we know it has transformed into something else by now.
Theory is that they may have been destroyed by the shock wave of a super nova, around 7,000 years ago. It's possible that they still exist, as the super nova may not have been as powerful due to lower levels or x-rays observed, are being slowly being dispersed from a less powerful shockwave.
A Hubble image of the Eagle Nebula, the Pillars of Creation are at the center of the image.
A close up of one of the pillars, our entire solar system would fit in the nodule highlighted. That's how big the Pillars of Creation are.
Not sure that "now" has any meaning in that context.
I see Yoda yelling at Luke: "One job you had!"
Wish there was a way we could go get Hubble and bring it back.
It looks like they've fixed the problem. https://arstechnica.com/science/201...-resume-normal-science-operations-soon/?amp=1
"Hello, IT, have you tried turning it off and on again? Yes? And it's working? Have a nice day!"
Another problem for Hubble.
You ever want to hug a telescope and tell it things will be okay? I want to do that now.
All space probes die eventually. Unless its Voyager 6.
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