NASA has brought the Hubble Telescope's Wide Field Camera back to life

Hubble Against Earth Horizon 1997
(Image credit: NASA)

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope is back online and functioning now that the final piece of the hardware puzzle, the Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC 3), has been successfully revived. After months of hardware glitching and a mysterious loss of crucial data synchronization messages, the Hubble is no longer orbiting in safe mode.

The world's most powerful space telescope had been placed into safe mode in October, with many operations suspended. The Wide Field Camera 3 is said to be the most heavily used instrument of the telescope, paired with its other Advanced Camera for Surveys, its function is crucial and used for observation.

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Beth Nicholls
Staff Writer

A staff writer for Digital Camera World, Beth has an extensive background in various elements of technology with five years of experience working as a tester and sales assistant for CeX. After completing a degree in Music Journalism, followed by obtaining a Master's degree in Photography awarded by the University of Brighton, she spends her time outside of DCW as a freelance photographer specialising in live music events and band press shots under the alias 'bethshootsbands'.