A NASA space telescope has now closed its camera eyes due to a power failure that has brought the observatory’s scientific work to a halt.
The Chandra . X-ray observatoryThe company, which has been studying the X-ray universe since 1999, experienced power supply problems with its High-Resolution Camera equipment on February 9, prompting the mission team to halt scientific observation activities right from the start. now.
“The Chandra mission experts have halted science activities and put the four science instruments into safe mode while they analyze the situation and determine an appropriate response,” mission officials said. Chandra wrote in an update today (February 16). “The spacecraft itself is operating normally.”
An announcement was released on Twitter The Chandra X-ray Center director’s office stated that the Space Telescope’s High Resolution Camera was “powered off after being detected in an anomalous state” and that “the cause is currently under investigation.”
The space telescope is expected to resume normal operations with another instrument, called the Advanced CCD Imaging Spectrometer, or ACIS, early next week, the statement said.
Originally designed to last only 5 years, the Chandra X-ray space telescope has spent more than two decades observing the universe in the X-ray range of the light spectrum to study its structure and evolution. of the universe. It was launched into orbit on July 23, 1999 on board space shuttle Columbia.
Chandra’s current problem isn’t the first to happen with its High Resolution Camera. In August 2020, camera has been knocked offline by another anomaly that interrupted its scientific activity for several months.
Chandra’s controllers eventually moved the camera to a spare set of electronics and performed a detailed study of the system before restoring it to a full state in December 2020.
In addition, the observatory having gyroscope problem in 2018 that has also been fixed.
The space telescope is currently on an extended mission that is funded through 2025 and could be extended through 2030, NASA officials said.
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