The Hubble Space Telescope, since it’s launched in 1990, has been fascinating people around the world with its amazing images. Recently, NASA shared an image of a star trapped inside a bubble and also shared some details about their new spaceship NEA Scout. For the past few days it was down after being hit by a computer glitch. Fortunately, the telescope has powered on once again.
The Image Which Shocked the Internet
To celebrate the working of the telescope, NASA took over to Instagram to share a post about “one of the most intriguing objects in our Milky Way galaxy” whose image was captured by the telescope back in 2016. It is a massive star trapped inside a bubble. Their post has now gone viral and has amazed a lot of people.
NASA started their post by explaining the problem that the telescope faced in the past few days. They said that-
“Hubble recently ran into an issue with its payload computer which controls and coordinates science instruments onboard the spacecraft. Today, teams have successfully switched to backup hardware to compensate for the problem! After some initial calibration of the instruments, it will resume normal science operations.”
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The Star Explained
They described about the star trapped inside the bubble, to this they stated that-
“The star inside this Bubble Nebula burns a million times brighter than our Sun and produces powerful gaseous outflows that howl at more than four million miles per hour.”
Further adding they said that-
“Based on the rate the star is expending energy, scientists estimate in 10 to 20 million years it will explode as a supernova. And the bubble will succumb to a common fate: It’ll pop.”
NASA’s new spacecraft NEA Scout: Brief about the spacecraft
NASA announced its new spacecraft, named NEA Scout, has completed all the essential and required tests and has been safely installed inside the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. NEA Scout is one of several payloads that will probably join a ride on Artemis I, which is expected to be launched in November.
Artemis I will be an unscrewed test-flight of the Orion spacecraft and SLS rocket. Under the Artemis programme, NASA has aimed to land the first woman on the Moon in 2024 and also establish sustainable lunar exploration programs by 2030.
What is NEA Scout?
Near-Earth Asteroid Scout, or NEA Scout, is a small spacecraft. Its main mission is to fly by and collect data from a near-Earth asteroid. It will also be America’s first interplanetary mission using special solar sail propulsion.
Les Johnson, principal technology investigator for the mission, said in a statement that-
“This type of propulsion is especially useful for small, lightweight spacecraft that cannot carry large amounts of conventional rocket propellant.”