Researchers have already determined that the problem is with the device’s computer, which stopped working last Sunday. NASA notes that all scientific instruments and the telescope are “in perfect order.”
“The task of the payload computer is to control and coordinate scientific instruments and monitor their health and safety,” NASA said. Scientists have already tried to restart the Hubble computer, but their attempt was unsuccessful.
NASA said initial data point to a degrading computer memory module as the source of the problem. The attempt to switch to the spare memory module also failed. The device’s computer technology was developed back in the 1980s and was replaced during maintenance in 2009.
The Hubble Space Telescope, launched in 1990, revolutionized the world of astronomy and changed our understanding of the universe as it transmitted images of the solar system, the Milky Way, and distant galaxies. At the end of 2021, it is planned to launch a new, more powerful device – the James Webb Telescope.