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Hardware Problem Causes Hubble Telescope’s Camera To Shutdown

NASA is trying to pull together the team to try to diagnose the issue,

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In this photo provided by NASA, most of the Hubble Space Telescope can be seen as it is suspended in space by the shuttle Discovery's Remote Manipulator System following the deployment of part of its solar panels and antennae, April 25, 1990. VOA

The Hubble Space Telescope’s premier camera has shut down because of a hardware problem.

NASA said the camera stopped working Tuesday. Hubble’s three other science instruments are still working fine, with celestial observations continuing.

This third incarnation of the wide field camera was installed by spacewalking astronauts in 2009. The camera has backup electronics that could be called into action, if necessary, according to NASA.

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NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has captured a formation of galaxies that looks like a smiling face, said the US space agency. Flickr

The camera has captured stunning images of stars, galaxies stretching far back in time and assisted in deep sky surveys. It’s also studied objects in our own solar system, discovering some of the tiny moons around Pluto, as well as the 14th moon around Neptune. It takes pictures in both visible and ultraviolet light, as well as near infrared.

Orbiting 350 miles (560 kilometers) above Earth, Hubble was launched in 1990 and visited by space shuttle astronauts, for repairs and upgrades, five times.

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The Hubble Telescope hovering in space. Wikimedia

Last fall, Hubble stopped working altogether for three weeks because of a pointing problem. This is the first time the camera has acted up like this, said Cheryl Gundy, a spokeswoman with the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, which handle science operations for the telescope.

“NASA is trying to pull together the team to try to diagnose the issue,” Gundy said Wednesday.

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“We would like to have Hubble back up and working as quickly as possible, and NASA is making that happen,” even with the partial government shutdown, she added. (VOA)

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Xiaomi Working on Phone with 64MP Camera: Report

Meanwhile, the Redmi X is also scheduled to arrive with a 48MP primary rear camera as well as an 8MP telephoto lens and a 13MP Ultra-Wide Angle Lens

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Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi might now bring Samsung’s 64MP sensor on board with its next smartphone.

The mass production of the 64MP camera sensor is expected to begin in the second half of 2019, news website PhoneArena reported on Friday.

According to the report, Samsung will carry out the international premiere of the 64-megapixel camera sensor through a mysterious Galaxy A series phone and an upcoming Redmi phone will be featuring it in China.

The 64MP ISOCELL Bright GW1 sensor would capture 16MP images in low-light scenarios through Samsung’s Tetracell technology.

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Xiaomi supplier Holitech Technology on Saturday said it has inaugurated its first component manufacturing plant in Greater Noida. Pixabay

The sensor would also supports up to 100db real-time HDR. In addition, devices featuring it will allow users to capture 1080p slow-motion videos as well as Super PD PDAF technology.

Earlier, the Galaxy A70 was rumoured to be the phone in question to carry the 64MP sensor, though it arrived with a 32MP sensor instead.

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The report doesn’t reveal any further details about the Redmi 64MP camera phone. It is still unsure which Redmi phone will pack 64MP camera.

Meanwhile, the Redmi X is also scheduled to arrive with a 48MP primary rear camera as well as an 8MP telephoto lens and a 13MP Ultra-Wide Angle Lens. (IANS)