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News Archive / Tagged: Hubble Space Telescope

  • Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 resumes operations

    Laurel KornfeldJanuary 17th, 2019

    The Wide Field Camera 3  (WFC3) on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) has resumed science operations after spending a week and two days in a safety mode that suspended its activities.

  • Hubble camera shut down following anomaly

    Jim SharkeyJanuary 10th, 2019

    Operations of Wide Field Camera 3 on NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have been suspended following an anomaly, the space agency said.

  • Hubble: You can’t keep a good telescope down – for long

    Jason RhianOctober 27th, 2018

    The Hubble Space Telescope is back in action.

  • Chandra X-Ray Observatory back in service after anomaly

    Jason RhianOctober 25th, 2018

    With the potential loss of two of the Great Observatories, NASA and the teams working on the space-based telescopes have demonstrated their resilience in the face of adversity, bringing one back into service and closing in on doing the same for the other.

  • Backup Hubble gyroscope encounters anomaly during recovery efforts

    Jason RhianOctober 23rd, 2018

    Engineers encountered a slight hiccup in bringing the Hubble Space Telescope out of safe mode and back to conducting scientific operations.

  • Hubble enters safe mode after encountering gyroscope problem

    Jason RhianOctober 10th, 2018

    An issue has been discovered with one of Hubble's gyroscopes that help point the telescope. What impact will this have on science observations made by the 30-year-old spacecraft?

  • Has NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope detected first exomoon?

    Laurel KornfeldOctober 4th, 2018

    NASA's Kepler Space Telescope may have discovered evidence of a moon orbiting a planet around a distant star.

  • Increase in ‘Oumuamua’s speed through the solar system reveals it to be a comet

    Laurel KornfeldJuly 3rd, 2018

    Scientists observing the path of 'Oumuamua,' the first known interstellar object to pass through the solar system, discovered it to be traveling faster than expected, leading them to conclude it is actually a comet that received a boost in speed through outgassing.

  • Hubble spots farthest star ever seen

    Jim SharkeyApril 7th, 2018

    Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have discovered an enormous blue star, nicknamed 'Icarus,' located more than halfway across the universe. Icarus is the farthest individual star ever seen. Normally it would be too faint to observe even with the world's largest telescopes, but the astronomers were able to take advantage of a phenomenon known as "gravitational lensing" that greatly magnified the star's faint glow.

  • NASA telescopes discover water-rich exoplanet atmosphere

    Christopher PaulMarch 4th, 2018

    Scientists using NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes in concert have examined the elemental composition of a distant exoplanet's atmosphere in the highest detail yet. The planet, designated WASP-39b, is about the same mass as Saturn, but has three times as much water, according to NASA.

  • NASA video simulation takes viewers on a journey through the Orion Nebula

    Laurel KornfeldJanuary 14th, 2018

    A new 3D video simulation that uses images taken by both the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes takes viewers on a stunning simulated journey within the Orion Nebula.

  • Hubble spots exoplanet with glowing water atmosphere

    Jim SharkeyAugust 6th, 2017

    Researchers working with data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have found the strongest evidence to date for the existence of a stratosphere – the layer of an atmosphere in which temperature increases with altitude – on an exoplanet (a planet outside of the Solar System).

  • Third largest dwarf planet found to have moon

    Laurel KornfeldMay 21st, 2017

    Dwarf planet 2007 OR10, the third largest of nine known dwarf planets in the Solar System, is orbited by a small moon, scientists discovered using current and archival images gathered by three separate observatories.

  • ‘Warm Neptune’ HAT-P-26b has primitive atmosphere

    Ocean McIntyreMay 16th, 2017

    Scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, announced in a paper published on May 12, 2017, an exoplanet designated HAT-P-26b, which was confirmed in 2010, has a primitive atmosphere of hydrogen and helium.

  • Trump space advisors considering Hubble servicing mission

    Bart LeahyFebruary 16th, 2017

    The Wall Street Journal reports that Trump administration advisers are considering a public-private crewed mission aboard the Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Dream Chaser spacecraft to keep the aging Hubble Space Telescope (HST) operational. The proposed mission, which would not happen before 2019, would require support from the next NASA administrator.