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Gyroscope Failure Closes Down Hubble

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Science  19 Nov 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5444, pp. 1459
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5444.1459b

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The stream of science data from the Hubble Space Telescope stopped last weekend after the fourth of the instrument's six gyroscopes failed. The $2 billion telescope will remain in a "safe mode" until astronauts arrive next month for a scheduled service mission to the orbiting spacecraft. Even if all goes well, however, agency officials say it will take another month to get the telescope back on line.

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