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Hubble's 486 Backup Computer Wakes Up For the First Time Since 1990

Prospects were starting to look pretty grim for the venerable Hubble telescope. Following a communications breakdown »10/16/08 5:51am10/16/08 5:51am, the Hubble team postponed their scheduled repair mission from October 14th until , at the earliest. Until then, the Hubble's usable data transmission abilities were dependent on one thing: the…

Hubble Telescope Communication Breaks Down, Plot Thickens

The complicated Hubble repair and upgrade mission »9/29/08 8:55pm9/29/08 8:55pm scheduled for October 14th just got even more complicated: Last Saturday, the Hubble's command and data-handling system broke down, rendering it unable to capture and transmit images to Earth. And while Nasa doesn't know what the heck has happened—I'm thinking a bunch…