NASA has tweeted that its Hubble Telescope remains in safe mode after a glitch on Tuesday. “We are still determining the root cause of the glitch and will update you when we have more information,” the space agency said on its official Twitter account. The three-year-old telescope is the world’s most advanced cosmic navigation tool and is in constant use to study our galaxy, beyond the Milky Way, and the universe as a whole.
This is the second incident in less than a month at the space telescope. On February 8, NASA disclosed that Hubble had experienced a loss of power and could not be powered up again. Just like on Tuesday, the space agency said that its team will work on a “solution” that will hopefully allow the telescope to resume operation soon.
This is what the space telescope is used for: You will soon learn why Hubble has been in safe mode repeatedly in the past year. Our team remains confident Hubble will safely resume operations soon: https://t.co/Udb8ZNrDWl pic.twitter.com/Sx1VZT4Yr2 — NASA Hubble (@NASAHubble) March 1, 2016
The news comes as NASA and private space agency SpaceX continue to row back from their mutual Jan. 28 launch that was scrubbed three times because of a problem with the rocket’s first stage. NASA has also added that it intends to terminate its overall contracts with NASA-funded contractors for commercial flights to the International Space Station. The decision was made during a Thursday meeting of NASA’s space agency’s committee on commercial crew, the Associated Press reported.
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