The US space agency, NASA, announced that the Hubble telescope, which has been in service for more than 30 years, stopped working for several days, stressing that it continues to seek to solve the problem.
AFP quoted the agency as saying in a statement: The telescope itself and the scientific instruments on board are in good condition, but the computer controlling these devices stopped working on June 13, and a test failed to restart it the next day.
The agency added: The problem may be due to a damaged memory unit, according to initial indications, and an attempt to operate an emergency backup unit also failed.
This computer system was designed in the eighties of the twentieth century and is included in a unit that was replaced in 2009 during a maintenance operation on the telescope.
Hubble has revolutionized astronomy and knowledge of the universe since it was put into orbit in 1990, making thousands of space discoveries and since then collecting images of the solar system, the Milky Way and very distant galaxies.