Hubble telescope hit by mechanical failure

Found on BBC News on Tuesday, 09 October 2018
Browse Astronomy

The observatory, described as one of the most important scientific instruments ever created, was placed in "safe mode" over the weekend, while scientists try to fix the problem.

If the "misbehaving" gyroscope turns out not to work, the orbiting observatory may have to operate on one. This would conserve the remaining gyros for as long as possible, but would restrict the telescope somewhat.

It's not an easy visit for servicing, so it will be interesting to see what technicians can try remotely until they have exhausted all options.