Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Hubble begins "Two-Gyro" operations

NASA is reporting that engineers have shut down one of the three remaining working gyroscopes aboard the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) placing the spacecraft into two-gyro mode. This move is an attempt to extend the operating life of the ageing telescope by keeping one of the gyros in reserve, and should hopefully mean that the HST continues operations into 2008.