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Another NASA telescope goes off in orbit

Cape Canaveral.- Other space telescope from NASA it was disconnected and suspended scientific observations.

Less than a week after the Hubble Telescope went offline, the Observatory Chandra X-ray did the same. The POT he said on Friday Chandra it was automatically placed in "safe mode", possibly due to problems with the gyroscope.

Both orbital telescopes are old and are on extended missions. Hubble is 28 years old and Chandra 19. Flight controllers at NASA work to resume the operations of both

NASA said it is a coincidence that both telescopes went "to sleep" a week apart. An astronomer working with Chandra, Jonathan McDowell of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, said on Twitter on Friday that "Chandra decided that if Hubble could take a vacation, she wanted his."

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Launched by space shuttles in the 1990s, Hubble and Chandra are part of NASA's Great Observatories series. The others are the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory, also launched in the nineties, but which eventually failed and was destroyed, and the Spitzer Space Telescope, launched in 2003 and still in operation. Each one observes the cosmos in different wavelengths.

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