NASA enables all scientific operations of the Hubble space telescope

The NASA is returning all the Hubble Space Telescope status of operations and to continue scientific research.

The Hubble Space Telescope has had a difficult year, with two important moments where the best telescope we have in orbit was unable to perform scientific operations . 

Now, NASA has confirmed that Hubble is once again operational for pending scientific investigations. The orbital observatory entered safe mode when its instruments registered problems with timing messages.

“The team will continue to work on developing and testing changes to the instrument’s software that would allow them to conduct science operations even if they encounter multiple missing sync messages in the future,” NASA wrote in the announcement.

The return of Hubble

While the space telescope has returned to full science operations, members tasked with monitoring Hubble are still working on software changes for the main science instruments equipped on the telescope. 

The Cosmic Origins Spectrograph will be the first of four active Hubble instruments that NASA plans to update with new software.

Hubble has been conducting science operations around Earth for more than 31 years. Later this month, it will have a partner observatory in orbit with the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope .