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Official NASA Communication 92-127

Official NASA Communication 92-127

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Paula Cleggett-HaleimHeadquarters, Washington, D.C.July 31, 1992(Phone: 202/358-1547)Jim ElliottGoddard Space Flight Center(Phone: 301/286-6256)RELEASE: 92-127HST TO RESUME NORMAL OPERATION AFTER BRIEF DELAYWhile recovering from a benign standby condition, which beganlate Wednesday night, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope (HST) entereda deeper safe condition on Thursday night. A plan for resumingnormal operations will be developed over the next several days.Currently, the cause of both conditions, or safe modes, areunderstood and can be fixed promptly. Spacecraft managers,however, are now analyzing all related data before sending HST newcomputer commands that would resume science data collection.The project director, Joe Rothenberg, said, "The systemoperated exactly as designed."Safe modes are a capability built into all NASA spacecraft.They are invaluable "safety nets" to protect against spacecraftanomalies caused by on-orbit hardware problems or erroneouscommands sent from the ground.On Wednesday at 11:49 p.m., EDT, HST went into a standbycondition, called an "inertial hold mode." This condition wascaused by some erroneous data contained in a standard ephemerisuplink. The ephemeris tells where the spacecraft will be atcertain time. Such uplinks occur routinely to update stored data

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