Plans are afoot the NASA to fix with a remote control the Hubble Telescope and this has raised hopes that the Hubble will be back on track from Friday.
Trouble started in the month of September when a problem developed with the computer in charge of formatting data. Since then, scientists from NASA have been trying to fix the telescope. They expect to be able to reroute the problem with the help of booting of the redundant Science Data Formatter or the Side B Control unit of the Hubble Space Telescope.
Data is collected from the five instruments and is processed and transmitted back to Earth with the help of the Side A CU/SDF. Since the Hubble has been launched in the year 1990, the Side B unit is inactive.
In order to put the Hubble back on track, the scientists from NASA are trying hard to bring Side B CU/SDF to act. The scientists at the Goddard Space Flight Center of NASA in Maryland suburbs will put the Hubble on a safe mode for the sixth time during its 18-year orbit. They will try to send code lines in hundreds in an attempt to reroute all the processes to side B from side A.
Scientists are taking a risk by doing this as there is a small chance that the Hubble may not come out of the safe mode. Art Whipple, Hubble system’s manager however said that this repair attempt would definitely not damage the Hubble telescope any further.
According to NASA statistics, Hubble has orbited the Earth at least 97,000 times and 4000 astronomers have received relays from it.