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The Hubble Space Telescope. Photo: NASA

NASA still hasn't managed to bring the Hubble Space Telescope back online after a computer glitch sidelined the spacecraft on June 13.

Why it matters: The Hubble has transformed our understanding of the universe over the course of its more than 30-year life in orbit.

What's happening: A payload computer stopped working on June 13 and failed to restart the next day, causing mission managers to attempt to switch to a backup module that also didn't work.

  • NASA then worked to restart both modules but that again didn't work.

What's next: "The operations team will be running tests and collecting more information on the system to further isolate the problem," NASA said in a statement.

  • "The science instruments will remain in a safe mode state until the issue is resolved. The telescope itself and science instruments remain in good health."

The big picture: The Hubble Space Telescope has far outlived its expected lifetime in orbit, but scientists hope it will still be functioning by the time its successor, the James Webb Space Telescope, launches later this year or early 2022.

  • By having some overlap, scientists hope to use both powerful telescopes to collaborate on various observations.

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Miriam Kramer, author of Space
Sep 18, 2021 - Science

All-civilian Inspiration4 is back on Earth after flight to space

A side-by-side of the Inspiration4 crew and a shot of their capsule on the way back to Earth. Photo: SpaceX

The all-civilian Inspiration4 crew is back on Earth after their three-day mission in orbit.

The big picture: The launch and landing of this fully amateur, private space crew marks a changing of the guard from spaceflight being a largely government-led venture to being under the purview of private companies.

"Atmospheric river" swings Northern California from drought to flood

Satellite view of the bomb cyclone swirling off the coast of the Pacific Northwest and the atmospheric river affecting California on Oct. 24. Photo: CIRA/RAMMB

A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are delivering historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest.

Why it matters: The atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, was causing Northern California to whiplash from drought to flood, as it slowly moved south overnight. It's triggered widespread power outages, flooding and mudslides.

In photos: Drought-ravaged California lashed by major storm

Workers try to divert water into drains as rain pours down on Oct. 24 in Marin City, California. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

A major storm system was pummeling Northern California and parts of the Pacific Northwest with heavy rains overnight.

The big picture: "Atmospheric river" storms, associated with a record-strong "bomb cyclone" offshore from the Pacific Northwest, have brought flooding and mudslides to parts of California that were razed by recent wildfires and in severe drought. It's also caused widespread power outages in California and Washington state.