The Hubble Space Telescope, the iconic device that has captured a legion of star-gazing images from outer space, has gone into safe mode for a second time in less than a month. The aircraft that drives the telescope have experienced several failures in recent years, as the space plane’s elderly equipment age, NASA said. The National Science Foundation, which operates the telescope, said that it had “managed to restart” the probe, which is in orbit 260 miles over the Earth. “For the first time in many years, Hubble went into safe mode to cause only a small power decrease,” said NASA in a statement. “Once the power decrease was identified and engineers addressed it, the spacecraft did not start off in safe mode.” The agency said that it would prepare Hubble for further tests that could allow it to go into safe mode, if necessary. Space is always a difficult and dangerous business for astronauts, and it is unlikely that a return to space is in the cards for anyone involved in the outage of the Hubble.
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