The Hubble Space Telescope, launched more than 30 years ago, has halted operations, following the failure of a payload computer critical to the operation of the spaceborne observatory. At around 4pm EDT on June 13, the payload computer on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) experienced a failure, leading to a shutdown of the world’s best-known spaceborne observatory. Turning it Off, and Turning it Back On Again Initial analysis suggests a degrading memory module within the payload computer may have triggered the shutdown of the Hubble Space Telescope. The announcement of the shutdown, published on the official Hubble Twitter page on…

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