NASA on Monday has delayed the next launch of the Atlantis space shuttle after a glitch was found with the Hubble space telescope.
The technical glitch postponed the mission to take needed measures and to remedy the problem. The serious glitch developed on Saturday night.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said the problem was first detected after an initial attempt to reset the telescope’s science data formatter. The process to dump the payload computer’s memory was unsuccessful.
NASA’s Hubble operations team does believe it will be ready to reconfigure the telescope this week. If the team is successful, the telescope could resume operating immediately. Atlantis could then be immediately re-scheduled.
The space agency is also investigating the possibility of flying a back-up replacement system.