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Hubble, heal thyself

NASA scientists are cleared to remotely switch equipment on Hubble in the hopes of restoring the orbiting observatory’s function

3:14pm, October 14, 2008

After more than two long weeks of being silent, the Hubble Space Telescope may be up and running as early as October 16, NASA scientists announced in a teleconference October 14.

For the past 18 years, Hubble’s large and versatile telescope has peered into the distant universe and made discoveries that changed the way scientists and stargazers alike look at the cosmos. Since its launch, data from Hubble have confirmed the existence of black holes, refined measurements of the age of the universe and its expansion rate and provided some of the evidence that the expansion rate is accelerating. But data abruptly stopped coming from Hubble

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