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Hubble suddenly quiet

Planned repair mission now delayed until next year, NASA says

6:54pm, September 29, 2008

NASA’s premiere orbiting observatory, the Hubble Space Telescope, abruptly stopped transmitting data September 27.

The problem comes just two weeks before the planned launch of a mission to service and upgrade the 18-year-old observatory. Efforts to troubleshoot the recent problem will delay that mission, originally scheduled to fly October 14, until at least next February, NASA scientists announced during a telephone briefing on September 29.

Hubble fell silent because of an unknown failure inside a science data formatting unit,

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