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NASA's Hubble Telescope experiences mechanical failure

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For story suggestions or custom animation requests, contact tips@nextanimation.com.tw. Visit http://archive.nextanimationstudio.com to view News Direct's complete archive of 3D news animations. RESTRICTIONS: Broadcast: NO USE JAPAN, NO USE TAIWAN Digital: NO USE JAPAN, NO USE TAIWAN NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has gone into safe mode after two of its four functioning gyroscopes stopped working. The Hubble had been operating with four of its six gyroscopes when two of them failed, according to reports from NASA. At any given time, the Hubble needs at least three of its gyroscopes to work for optimal efficiency. After one of the gyroscopes failed, controllers tried to switch to another newer gyroscope, however, that one failed as well, leaving the Hubble with only two fully functioning gyroscopes. Gyroscopes are mainly used to steer the Hubble and makes sure the telescope is steady in space. The failure was "not unexpected" as two other gyros of the same model had already experienced problems, according to a NASA statement. NASA also tweeted it was conducting tests on the newer gyroscope to determine the problems. If it is not successful, the Hubble will operate in a "reduced-gyro" mode, using only one gyro in order to let the telescope operate for a longer time. However, this would affect the Hubble's ability to track fast moving objects as well as reduce the amount of sky it can view in any given moment, according to NASA. RUNDOWN SHOWS: 1. The Hubble Space Telescope and its gyroscope system is shown. 2. Gyroscopes installed in the telescope. 3. The newer gyroscope is shown. 4. The gyroscope is shown steadying the telescope. VOICEOVER (in English): "NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has gone into safe mode after two of its four functioning gyroscopes stopped working." "According to reports from NASA, the Hubble had been operating with four of its six gyroscopes when two of them failed." "After one of them failed, controllers tried to switch to another newer gyroscope, however, that one failed as well, leaving the Hubble with only two fully functioning gyroscopes." "Gyroscopes are mainly used to steer the Hubble and makes sure the telescope is steady in space." SOURCES: BBC News, The Verge, CBS News, Space.com, CNN, NASA https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-45788412 https://www.theverge.com/2018/10/8/17951512/nasa-hubble-space-telescope-gyroscope-failure https://www.cbsnews.com/news/hubble-space-telescope-in-safe-mode-after-gyro-failure/ https://www.space.com/42063-hubble-telescope-malfunction-nasa-response.html https://edition.cnn.com/2018/10/09/health/hubble-repairs-intl/index.html https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2018/hubble-in-safe-mode-as-gyro-issues-are-diagnosed *** ----------------------------------------­­---------------------------------------­-­---------------- Next Animation Studio’s News Direct service provides daily, high-quality, informative 3D news animations that fill in for missing footage and help viewers understand breaking news stories or in-depth features on science, technology, and health. Sign up for a free trial of News Direct's news animations at http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com/trial/ To subscribe to News Direct or for more info, please visit: http://newsdirect.nextanimationstudio.com
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