January 8th was a relatively bad day for NASA since it found out that the Hubble Telescope was facing a huge hardware problem. This problem had effectively rendered the Wide Field Camera 3 non-functional. The team has since been trying to fix the issue and bring the camera back to life, but the distance was a problem. Now, on January 17, it was announced that the issue is fixed and that Wide Field Camera 3 is back in action.
“Wide Field Camera 3 was brought back to full operational status and completed its first science observations just after noon EST today,” read the official tweet from NASA. Of course, the agency is happy that the Hubble telescope has resumed the scientific operations. It means that the telescope would now be looking towards the distant universes and capturing stunning images for later reference.
It should be noted that the Wide Field Camera 3 is just one of the many equipment that Hubble Telescope has onboard. However, the lack of one camera would actually impact the overall performance of the Hubble in the long run. Fortunately, though, the team was able to fix the issue before spreading further. As it turns out, the issue was caused due to the problems in elementary circuits.
The elementary circuitry was not at the most accurate set-up, meaning that the telescope was not able to collect data properly. The team, however, performed a reset and the circuits were back to action. As of now, the system is working completely fine. It cannot be forgotten that Hubble Telescope is one of the oldest missions from NASA.
While it was expected to retire sometime before, NASA now believes that the Hubble Telescope would be staying in the space until 2025. By then, it would have served for 35 long years.