It was just Tuesday that news began to spread about NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope experiencing some downtime due to a gyroscope issue, and on Wednesday NASA took the time to provide a brief update on how things are unfolding.
In a lengthy statement, NASA explains that the previous reports are accurate and that Hubble’s suite of gyroscopes is acting up. More specifically, one of the last three remaining gyros that are required for the telescope to operate efficiently has been showing signs of malfunction, forcing engineers to place the spacecraft in “safe mode” while it figures out what to do.
The report isn’t big on new information but it does offer some clarity on how the events played out. Specifically, a gyroscope that was already acting up ultimately failed and forced NASA to switch over to its last remaining backup gyro. Unfortunately, that backup gyroscope “was not performing at the level required for operations,” according to NASA, and now it’s up to the agency’s scientists and engineers to determine how to proceed.