Hubble is back at work after breakdown

Hubble Space Telescope
The Hubble Space Telescope gets its final close-up after a shuttle servicing mission in 2009. (NASA Photo)

The Hubble Space Telescope is doing science again, three weeks after going out of service due to a gyro failure.

In today’s mission update, NASA said the 28-year-old telescope conducted its first science observations since Oct. 5 overnight, focusing on a faraway galaxy.

Hubble went into safe mode when one of its three working gyroscopes failed, leaving mission managers with a weighty challenge.

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By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributor to GeekWire and Universe Today, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," past president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing.

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