Hubble back in action (for now)

A main camera of the Hubble Space Telescope is back online

After almost a month of silence, the Hubble Space Telescope’s primary camera is back in action. During the morning of October 25, engineers sent commands to Hubble that activated the camera, called the Wide Field Planetary Camera-2, from the dormant state it has been in since late September. After engineers determined that the camera is healthy, NASA declared in a press release the same day that, “All systems are poised to begin acquiring science data later today.”

If all goes well, the Hubble team plans to release an image from Hubble late next week.

Laura Sanders is the neuroscience writer. She holds a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Southern California.

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