Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Hubble Telescope Blinded


NASA scientists confirmed today the main camera aboard the Hubble Space Telescope has ceased functioning due to an electrical short circuit. This is the third time in a year the camera has shut down, and scientists say this time it's gone for good.

Two other less powerful cameras are operational and the satellite can still provide a wealth of scientific data, however the most important tool for astronomers around the world, its Advanced Camera for Survey, Hubble's main eye, is completely off line.

NASA says a planned service mission in September 2008 is still on and astronauts will be attempt to correct the problem then.

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