Ever since NASA's chief determined that the Hubble would be left to crash to Earth in a degenerating orbit, I've wondered just how much more science they'd be able to get out of it first.
When news came that the main camera had lost power, I was pretty damn bummed at the apparent answer. Since that meteoric death-dive is still a few years off, this really is great news.
NASA revives main Hubble telescope cameraWhile the Agency has stated that they're giving serious consideration to methods of extending the space telescope's life-span in orbit, the fact remains that such a complex artifact really does have a necessarily limited mission capability. That's just the "nature" of the materials from which it's manufactured, coupled with the expenses of sending folk to maintain it and replace parts as needed.
By ALEX DOMINGUEZ, Associated Press Writer 2 hours, 6 minutes ago
BALTIMORE - The main camera on the Hubble Space Telescope came back to life Friday for the first time in nearly two weeks after NASA engineers switched to a backup power system, the space agency announced.
The Advanced Camera for Surveys shut down June 19 after voltage readings exceeded the acceptable range. The switchover to the backup system began Thursday afternoon and was completed Friday morning, NASA said.
That's why I'm in complete concurrence with Ed Ruitberg's opinion and encouraged by his prognosis.
"This is the best possible news," said Ed Ruitberg, deputy associate director for the Astrophysics Division at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt. "We were confident we could work through the camera issue, and now we can get back to doing more incredible science with the camera."