Hubble Space Telescope
Before we talk about the conflict, the trouble this telescope had to go through, we first need to have a little understanding of the Hubble space telescope. As the name indicates, it is a space telescope that is very huge and fast. Hubble space telescope gives scientists all relatable information about the solar system by taking pictures of galaxies, stars, and planets.
The Gyroscope Failure
This telescope has undoubtedly added into our information of the universe, and the worth it holds in the eyes of the scientists is inestimable. The trouble began when NASA Hubble tweeted that the Hubble space telescope entered the safe mode due to gyroscope issue. This raised many arguments regarding the future of Hubble space telescope, as it held a great importance in the lives of the scientists.
This telescope consists of six gyroscopes that it uses to observe various things or activities in the space. Hubble can function properly without one gyroscope or even two. The use of three gyroscopes is a must for the most favorable outcomes, and the Hubble has been using three gyroscopes till now. But now because of the gyroscope failure, only two gyroscopes are available for functioning and at least three are required for proper functioning. This is where problem arrives.
Dr. Rachel Osten states that the news has been very stressful for the team and it caused a sense of worry for everyone. They are trying recover an already failed gyroscope in the past to replace it with the newly failed gyroscope. But sadly, this whole process would require a lot of time in order to be finished. Hence, the conclusion brought forward is that the telescope will have to stay in the safe mode until and unless the problem and sought out, and a reliable solution is found for it. The gyroscope failure has been very unpredicted, unplanned, and surprising for everyone. The real issue faced now is that how to overcome this failure. The team is trying its best to do something to get that favorable amount of gyroscopes in the telescope but it is not easy for them. According to doctor Oster, if it is not possible for the team or they are unable to get one gyroscope to replace it with the failed one, they will have to run the Hubble telescope with one gyroscope. Dr. Oster states that it is the only way to increase the life of the Hubble space telescope.
Back in 2009, all six gyroscopes of the Hubble space telescope were restored, and it was said that they would operate properly without causing any failure in the gyroscope up till 2015. NASA is still trying to replace the failed gyroscope. Because of many issues, it has announced its launch in 2021. According to the team of Hubble, the problem is very serious but not impossible. They will not lose hope and they will find a way to cope up with this issue.