Hubble Space Telescope

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Hubble Space Telescope

Hubble Space Telescope

It may be noted that some time ago a problem occurred in a payload computer of the ‘Hubble Space Telescope’, due to which it stopped working.

NASA has recently succeeded in replacing it with a backup computer mounted on the ‘Hubble Observatory’.

Background:

On June 13, the Hubble Telescope stopped working after a payload computer malfunctioned. With the help of this computer, the instruments related to science were controlled in the telescope.

About Hubble Space Telescope:

  • Hubble Telescope was launched by NASA in the year 1990.
  • The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) is a giant telescope installed in space.
  • It was built by NASA in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA).
  • Hubble is the only telescope that has been fixed in space by astronauts.
  • The Hubble Space Telescope observes through its cameras deep into space beyond the limits of the ‘visible universe’. These cameras are capable of viewing the entire optical spectrum, from infrared to ultraviolet.
  • The Hubble Space Telescope makes one revolution of the Earth every 95 minutes.

Achievements:

  • The Hubble Space Telescope has helped in the discovery of four more moons of Pluto.
  • Evidence has emerged about the existence of black holes based on observations made by Hubble.
  • It has also seen the generation of stars crossing the fiery clouds of gas and dust.
  • The Hubble Telescope also observed the merger of 6 galaxies.
  • On February 11, 2021, Hubble reported a small cluster of black holes.

Source – The Hindu

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