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NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory Bounced Back In Action After Gyroscope Glitch

Chandra X-ray Observatory of NASA is back in action from the malfunction that hit it offline a few weeks ago. That malfunction was caused due to an orientation-maintaining gyroscope. This gyroscope’s improper conduct led to the venerable space telescope to enter into a “safe mode” on October 10, 2018. NASA officials stated that the mission’s team representatives were capable of establishing a fresh gyroscope configuration and Chandra preceded its operations on October 21, 2018.

The agency’s officials reported that the team started a set of procedures to alter the pointing and inclination of the spacecraft to verify that the gyroscopes were working as expected. During the upcoming week, the scientists will gather spacecraft’s information to adjust the conduct for the new gyroscope configuration. And during the last step, the team would uplink a software fix for conducting any required adjustments to the onboard computer. Chandra Observatory is been operating in X-ray light since 1999 when it was launched to the Earth’s orbit onboard the space shuttle Columbia. In over the years, the telescope has made many significant discoveries by aiding astronomers to study the formation of gigantic galaxy clusters and spot the dispersion of mysterious dark matter across the cosmos.

Recently, NASA was also in news for naming new constellations after “the Hulk” and “Godzilla.” In July 2008, to commemorate 10 Years of operations NASA launched its Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. The agency announced in the last week that an advanced set of modern constellations has been designed including “the Hulk” and “Godzilla.” There are official additional 88 constellations that use some of the dazzling stars in the sky such as Hercules, Gemini, and Leo. The agency’s latest informal set of constellations is derived from modern myths using the source as light in the gamma-ray sky.