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Hubble Telescope Down, Source of Key Space Data Could Be Lost

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The world's eye in the sky since April, 1990 has been NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. On Monday, June 19, 2006, Hubble's main camera stopped working. It could be a software problem. It could be a power supply problem. It could have been caused by a "cosmic event."

You realize, of course, that if there were aliens and they were planning to sneak out on us, they would take out the Hubble via a cosmic event. Good thing I don't believe in aliens.

The Hubble is a mainstay of our exploration into space. It was the Hubble that saw the Pluto moons just named as Nix and Hydra. Hubble has seen amazing things, among them:

 

Blue stars orbiting rapidly around a black hole: 

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Saturn's auroras behaving differently than we had believed for the last 25 years:

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A disk galaxy tilted on edge:

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A pinwheel galaxy:

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A baby galaxy:

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And two galaxies merging:

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It would be a shame to lose the source of such knowledge. Scientists are working on it, but thus far it remains blind in the dark of space.

Get well soon, Hubble.

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  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ Elliott

    I believe NASA is working on a mission in the near future to repair (once again…) the Hubble Space Telescope.

    Also, there is a Space Shuttle launch scheduled for July 1st…mark your calendars!

    Me, I’ll be watching it take off, live, from my front porch… ;-P

  • http://reanimatedresidue.spaces.msn.com PoizonMyst

    Nice article.

    I hope they do choose to repair the Hubble, rather than let it become rusty space junk – as proposed by NASA in 2005. The uproar created over the decision ensured we will be blessed with more beautiful pictures and exciting discoveries for years to come.

    I would hope the issue of Hubble’s main camera malfunction would be important enough to schedule a repair into the July 1st Shuttle mission … but I wont hold my breath.

    Hope they get it back online soon though.

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ Elliott

    “I hope they do choose to repair the Hubble, rather than let it become rusty space junk”

    It won’t rust, in an oxygen-deprived environment… ;-)

  • matt

    Thank goodness they’ve decided to keep Hubble going! Love the pictures of Saturn’s auroras.