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NASA Hubble Space Telescope: Update on Suspension of ACS Operations

Status Report From: Space Telescope Science Institute
Posted: Tuesday, June 27, 2006

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As of 12:00 PM, Tuesday June 27, Hubble Space Telescope's Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) remains inactive due to a problem that caused the camera to suspend operations on June 19.

At this point, the ACS is in a safe configuration, and analysis of engineering data at the time of the suspension is ongoing. Initial indications are that there is a problem with one set of electronics used to provide power to the CCDs.

A review board is meeting June 29 to determine the best course of action.

The team is hopeful that observations could resume in early July. For further details see: http://www.stsci.edu/hst/ACSSuspends

In the meantime, Hubble is collecting science data with its other science instruments - the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2), the Near Infrared and Multi Object Spectrometer (NICMOS), and the Fine Guidance Sensors (FGS). see http://www.stsci.edu/hst/Scheduling/thisweekonhst.html

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