Hubble telescope hit by mechanical failure

The Hubble Space Telescope is operating with only essential functions after it lost one of three gyroscopes needed to point the spacecraft.

The observatory, described as one of the most important scientific instruments ever created, was placed in “safe mode” over the weekend, while scientists try to fix the problem.

Hubble had been operating with four of its six gyroscopes when another failed on Friday.

The telescope was launched in 1990.

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