Thursday, February 1, 2007


Hubble Loses an Eye

`On 27 January, Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) switched itself into a protective “safe mode” after a short in its electronics. NASA engineers believe the fault has killed the camera’s ability to see deep and wide. “It’s really a blow to Hubble science; there’s no way around that fact,” says Holland Ford, an astronomer at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and principal investigator for ACS. He adds that of the roughly 800 current proposals for using Hubble, two-thirds involved the ACS.’

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