Hubble Space Telescope's advanced camera suspended: NASA

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Astronomers using Hubble data have published more than 15,000 scientific papers, making it one of the most productive scientific instruments ever built. (Photo Courtesy: NASA)
Astronomers using Hubble data have published more than 15,000 scientific papers, making it one of the most productive scientific instruments ever built. (Photo Courtesy: NASA)

New Delhi : NASA's most advanced Hubble Space Telescope’s is going through technical problems and as a result, its superior camera has been suspended. Scientists say that there is a hardware problem with the device.

Yet, the telescope will continue to perform science observations with its other three active instruments, while the Wide Field Camera 3 anomaly is investigated, the US space agency said in a statement.

The Wide Field Camera 3 was installed in Hubble by spacewalking astronauts during Servicing Mission 4 in 2009. The camera is equipped with back up electronics that can be called to action should they be needed to recover the instrument. 

It’s worth mentioning that Hubble is the first major optical telescope to be placed in space, providing an unobstructed view into the universe. It was launched in the 1990 and is world's first space telescope which confirmed the theory that the universe is expanding, lending credence to the Big Bang theory.

Since its launch, Hubble has given more than 1.3 million observations, taking pictures of stars and galaxies of as it rotates around the Earth. And using the valuable data, astronomers have published more than 15,000 scientific papers, making it one of the most productive scientific instruments ever built.