NASA Scrambles to Fix Ailing Hubble

Engineers will reboot dormant systems
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 15, 2008 2:34 AM CDT
This image from the Hubble Telescope shows the sharpest image ever taken of the spiral galaxy M81. Hubble has been unable to send similar images since last month because of a failed relay system.   (AP Photo/NASA)
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(Newser) – NASA engineers will work around the clock in a bid to revive the ailing Hubble Telescope by activating a back-up system that has lain dormant for 20 years, reports Space. com. The mammoth telescope has been unable to send images to earth for weeks since a relay system malfunctioned. If current efforts fail a space shuttle mission may be needed to fix Hubble.