After a month of effort, engineers from NASA have finally identified the problem that took out the Hubble telescope for more than a month now.
The Hubble Space Telescope launched into its orbit in 1990 has been capturing images of star births and deaths since then.
It also discovered new satellites around Pluto and found two space matters as they passed through our Solar System.
But it has been offline since June 13, 2021, when one of the telescope’s main computers stopped working.
NASA engineers have been analyzing data and running diagnostic tests for the past month. On Wednesday, July 14, 2021, the organization announced that they might have finally tracked the issue to a defective power regulator.
As the organization has confidently announced they have found the problematic component, the Hubble troubleshooters are getting prepared to switch to Hubble’s backup hardware on Thursday, July 15, 2021.
If the issue gets resolved, the telescope could get back to its observations within some days.
Director of NASA’s astrophysics division, Paul Hertz, said that NASA does believe that they’re going to be successful in this attempt, but it’s still not certain.
The telescope hasn’t been upgraded since 2009, and some of the components used in it are more than 30 years old.
Hertz said that NASA also suspects that the problem of the telescope might be related to Hubble’s age. And the answer could almost be yes.
He further added that one day a module would erratically fail, and there is a possibility that there won’t be a backup for it.