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2021-06-17 Science & Technology
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has stopped working - because a 1980s computer inside it has crashed
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Posted by Skidmark 2021-06-17 07:52|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [249 views ]  Top

#1 No worries, the Webb space telescope will launch possibly as soon as 2235...
Posted by M. Murcek 2021-06-17 09:33||   2021-06-17 09:33|| Front Page Top

#2 80s Tech: Yeah, we run the most powerful telescope made on Super Breakout.

2020s Tech: Your shit from 5 years ago doesn't recognize its own battery.
Posted by swksvolFF 2021-06-17 10:23||   2021-06-17 10:23|| Front Page Top

#3 ^ We have a winner!
Posted by M. Murcek 2021-06-17 10:30||   2021-06-17 10:30|| Front Page Top

#4 IIRC, NASA used Intel 8086 processors in those days because they hadn't gotten around to testing any of the more modern CPUs. It didn't have to be fast, just reliable. Now it sounds like the memory is the problem and the CPU is still OK which is pretty good after 40 years.
Posted by Abu Uluque 2021-06-17 12:56||   2021-06-17 12:56|| Front Page Top

#5 The CPUs of Spacecraft Computers in Space
Posted by Skidmark 2021-06-17 13:38||   2021-06-17 13:38|| Front Page Top

#6 Where are the snivelers saying AMD or ARM chips might have been better?
Posted by M. Murcek 2021-06-17 13:48||   2021-06-17 13:48|| Front Page Top

#7 Plus, it runs on Windows 3.0.
Posted by ed in texas 2021-06-17 13:51||   2021-06-17 13:51|| Front Page Top

1980's computer crashed...
I may have an 8088 based system in my hord.
Given NASA"s budget.. would asking k $20k
for parts and $22 Million for the service call be in the bid window?
Posted by NN2N1 2021-06-17 13:57||   2021-06-17 13:57|| Front Page Top

#9 Where are the snivelers saying AMD or ARM chips might have been better?

AMD's overclocking rocks!
Posted by Raj 2021-06-17 15:20||   2021-06-17 15:20|| Front Page Top

#10 I have an old S-100 memory board around here somewhere I can give them. A huge 256Kb of paged memory.
Posted by CrazyFool 2021-06-17 16:04||   2021-06-17 16:04|| Front Page Top

#11 I thought there were a lot of rad-hardened power pc chips running around from 20 years ago.
Posted by Thing From Snowy Mountain 2021-06-17 19:52||   2021-06-17 19:52|| Front Page Top

#12 FYI INSPACEVADERS? UFOs may be threat to US security, lawmakers warn after briefing on military ‘sightings’

Reader Submits Photo of Hubble-Unknown Object Also Seen

I happened to be doing a google search for photos of the Hubble Telescope in orbit, when I happened to find a photo of interest. I downloaded it and pulled it up in Photoshop, where I zoomed in on the telescope.

That is when I noticed something that wasn't quite right. Something was in the picture, near the Hubble.

I began lightening the area with the Dodge Tool set on Midtones at 7%. Something began to appear and take shape. It is very strange, to say the least!

I am enclosing the original photo and a cropped version that I worked on.

Thank you,


(Editor's Note: I wrote Rog back and told him I thought the photograph was interesting. I also stated that there might be a very simple explanation for the unknown object, considering the many objects in orbit.

If any of our readers know what the second object might be, please let us know.)

Posted by Unusock Grong1725 2021-06-17 20:19||   2021-06-17 20:19|| Front Page Top

#13 Did they try turning off then on?
Posted by Slappy 2021-06-17 21:15||   2021-06-17 21:15|| Front Page Top

#14 Did they check to see if the power cord was still plugged in?
Posted by trailing wife 2021-06-17 22:05||   2021-06-17 22:05|| Front Page Top

#15 ^

Maybe Bezos could do a Prime Delivery 🚚 if it not too far out of the way, and plug it in while he's at it.
Posted by Squinty Phonter3092 2021-06-17 22:25||   2021-06-17 22:25|| Front Page Top

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