Our publication wrote a few days ago about how the Hubble Telescope operated by NASA and the European Space Agency became reactivated after a period when an onboard computer started to malfunction. The American space agency saved the day by choosing to switch to backup hardware and activate the backup payload computer.
But as many would have expected, the Hubble Telescope doesn’t waste any time, and it already brought some stunning images of two beautiful misfit galaxies shortly after its recovery, according to Gizmodo.
Getting back to science was imminent
Julianne Dalcanton from the University of Washington in Seattle, declared as quoted by Gizmodo:
I’ll confess to having had a few nervous moments during Hubble’s shutdown, but I also had faith in NASA’s amazing engineers and technicians,
Everyone is incredibly grateful, and we’re excited to get back to science!
Behold what Hubble just caught:
Hubble's back! 🎉
After the Hubble team successfully turned on backup hardware aboard the telescope, the observatory got back to work over the weekend and took these galaxy snapshots.
— Hubble (@NASAHubble) July 19, 2021
Hubble is above the Earth’s atmosphere for more than 31 years, although it’s expected to be replaced in a few months by the James Webb Space Telescope. However, the telescope that carries the name of the renowned American astronomer who discovered that the Milky Way is far from being the only galaxy in the Universe, seems to still have a lot of impressive stuff to offer!
NASA’s administrator Bill Nelson declared as cited on the space agency’s website:
I’m thrilled to see that Hubble has its eye back on the universe, once again capturing the kind of images that have intrigued and inspired us for decades,
This is a moment to celebrate the success of a team truly dedicated to the mission. Through their efforts, Hubble will continue its 32nd year of discovery, and we will continue to learn from the observatory’s transformational vision.
The James Webb Space Telescope will aim at diving deep into the structure of galaxies, and it is announced to be even more advanced than Hubble.