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  • Hubble in orbit with Earth in the foreground.

    Hubble Status Report

    11.04.08 - Science observations using Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 2 and the Advanced Camera for Surveys’ Solar Blind Channel began last week, and a full schedule of observations are planned for this week.

  • Hubble in orbit with Earth in the foreground.

    NASA Managers Delay Hubble Servicing Mission

    10.30.08 - NASA managers have announced that they will not meet a February 2009 launch date for the fifth and final shuttle mission to the Hubble Space Telescope.

  • Two engineers in the Space Telescope Operations Control Center sit at consoles during the switch to Side B of the SIC and DH.

    Hubble Status Report #7

    10.25.08 - The current primary camera on the Hubble Space Telescope is now back in active operation and will resume science observations shortly. Just before 9:30 a.m. EDT on October 25, 2008, on board Hubble, the telescope's science computer began to send commands to Wide Field Planetary Camera-2. These commands brought the computer out of the quiescent, safe state in which it has waited since the computer shut down on October 16.

  • Engineers look on in the Space Telescope Operations Control Center as commands are sent to the SIC and DH.

    Hubble Status Report #6

    10.23.08 - The Hubble Space Telescope Science Instrument Control and Data Handling system was reactivated on Thursday, October 23. This should enable Wide Field Planetary Camera-2 science observations to resume on Saturday, October 25. The Advanced Camera for Surveys Solar Blind Channel science observations should resume later next week.

  • Engineers look on in the Space Telescope Operations Control Center as commands are sent to the SIC and DH.

    Hubble Status Report #5

    10.21.08 - On Monday, October 20, engineers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center met to discuss their next steps toward resolving two anomalies which caused the B-side of the Science Instrument Control and Data Handling System (SI C&DH-B) and the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) Solar Blind Channel (SBC) to return to a ‘safe hold’ status on October 16.

  • Two engineers in the Space Telescope Operations Control Center sit at consoles during the switch to Side B of the SIC and DH.

    Hubble Status Report #4

    10.17.08 - On Wednesday, October 14, engineers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center reconfigured six components of the Hubble Data Management System and five components in the Science Instrument Control and Data Handling (SIC &DH) system to use their redundant (or B) sides.

  • Graphic of Hubble Telescope on Eagle Nebula background

    Hubble Status Report #3

    10.17.08 - Activation of the Hubble Space Telescope science instruments and resumption of science observations have been suspended following two anomalies seen in systems onboard the telescope on Thursday. All of the telescope's payloads are back in safe mode condition while engineers perform troubleshooting. An updated status report with more information will be issued shortly.

  • Engineers look on in the Space Telescope Operations Control Center as commands are sent to the SIC and DH.

    Hubble Status Report #2

    10.16.08 - During the night of Oct. 15, Space Telescope Operations Control Center engineers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center turned on and checked out Side ‘B’ of Hubble’s Science Instrument Control and Data Handling (SI C&DH) system.

  • Two engineers in the Space Telescope Operations Control Center sit at consoles during the switch to Side B of the SIC and DH.

    Hubble Status Report #1

    10.15.08 - The Hubble Space Telescope team completed switching the required hardware modules to their B-sides about 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 15.

  • Photo of engineers working in STOCC

    Switch to Side B of the SIC&DH Approved

    10.14.08 - The Hubble team today received approval from officials at NASA Headquarters to reconfigure a failed data handling unit on Hubble to begin operations on a redundant side of the unit.