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NASA says one of Hubble’s best cameras is busted

January 10th, 2019

We’ve seen a lot of amazing shots from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope over the years, but the high-powered stargazer is now experiencing some unplanned downtime. In a new update, NASA says that Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 is experiencing “a hardware problem,” forcing it to be taken offline while engineers try to figure out what’s …

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Just look at how much better Hubble’s photos look after it was serviced

December 6th, 2018

Hubble consistently delivers gorgeous images of the cosmos as its handlers point it at distant galaxies and star clusters, but its imaging capabilities weren’t always so breathtaking. The telescope was launched way back in early 1990, and for the first few years of its life, it severely underperformed its high expectations. You see, a flaw …

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The exoplanet-hunting Kepler space telescope is now dead

October 31st, 2018

If you’ve read anything about newly discovered exoplanets over the past decade there’s a really good chance the discovery was made by the Kepler space telescope. Originally launched back in early 2009, the telescope has provided a steady stream of new planets for years on end. Now, after outliving its expected lifespan several times over, …

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Now there’s something wrong with NASA’s Chandra spacecraft, too

October 14th, 2018

It’s been something of a rough week for NASA. First, news broke that the legendary Hubble space telescope has been forced to enter a safe mode in order to diagnose an issue with its gyroscopes. Then, Russia’s Soyuz rocket failed on its way to the International Space Station, delaying the trip of a NASA astronaut …