Computer trouble hits Hubble Space Telescope, science halted

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The Hubble Space Telescope has been hit with computer trouble. NASA said Wednesday that the orbiting observatory has been idle since Sunday, with all astronomical viewing halted.

That’s when a computer that controls the science instruments shut down, possibly because of a bad memory board.

Flight controllers tried to restart the computer Monday, but the same thing happened.

They’re now trying to switch to a backup memory unit. Launched in 1990, Hubble is showing more and more signs of aging.

NASA plans to launch Hubble’s successor, the James Webb Space Telescope, in November.

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