The Hubble space telescope's main camera is back in action following the reactivation last week of the flying eye's backup computer system. On Saturday morning, the 'scope's science computer commanded the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 out of the safe mode in which the instrument had been slumbering since a computer failure on 16 …
Awesome bit of very-remote desktop admin work that.
One slip up and its a while before you can get someone to turn it off and on again.
and it was really a blessing in disguise that the original failure happened when it did: had it been a couple of weeks after the servicing mission, what are the chances that the backup wouldn't have worked at all?
The next question, of course, is whether or not we actually get the servicing mission
The ground. The photographers thumb. The photographer's best mate's girlfriend in her skimpies. A really cool photo that makes it look like some chick they hooked up with on the bar crawl is holding Nelson's Column in her hand. A double exposure that looks eerily like the ghost of Kaiser Wilhelm was serving midoris at The Plowman's Arms. A bright cylindrical object hovering above the countryside. The photographer's bum flanked by two pairs of alien looking hands - one of which is holding a complicated probe-like device. Westminster Cathedral.
Done. Roll on, the science!