NASA NETWORK experts have successfully powered up the backup data handling computer on the Hubble space telescope.
The backup has not been used for the Hubble's 18 years of operation, but NASA officials say the telescope should be sending scientific data again later today.
Engineers switched to the 'Side B' backup system and then briefly switched back on several of Hubble’s instruments, including the Advanced Camera for Surveys, the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 and the Near Infrared Camera, Multi-Object Spectrometer, and the banjo and wah wah functions.
Today, engineers were scheduled to test, calibrate and tune the instruments to ensure that they’re working properly with the data handling system.
Spokesboffin Susan Hendrix said everything was going swimmingly.
NASA will send send up another spare computer with the space shuttle’s Hubble upgrade mission (SP2). However once the boffins have got the B side computer working they will use that one unless it blows up too. µ
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