ACS Broken

Oh no! The Hubble Space Telescope's Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) has had some kind of electrical fault on Saturday which put the whole telescope into safe mode. It seems that the ACS may not work again. That is a bit depressing for the astronomers that were expecting observations with it as about two thirds (500) of current proposals for use of the HST need to use the ACS. The other instruments are still working, so Hubble will have to hobble along until the possible servicing mission "no earlier than May 2008".

The Hubble Space Telescope is the highest profile telescope in astronomy and it really needs a servicing mission as soon as possible. Come on NASA, this isn't rocket science. ;-)

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Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Tuesday 30th Jan 2007 (12:35 GMT) | Permalink
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