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One of HST's Cameras Is Back In Action 47

Posted by timothy
from the skynet-makes-this-look-like-a-science-experiment dept.
StupendousMan writes "One of the two big cameras aboard the Hubble Space Telescope is the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2, or WFPC2 for short. As the most recent HST status report indicates, the camera was recently powered up again and sent commands to take some test images. Today (Sunday, Oct 26), I received E-mail from a colleague at STScI indicating that the calibration images were 'nominal.' That's NASA-speak for 'fine and dandy.' The E-mail goes on to say 'The data look nominal, indicating that Hubble optical imaging capabilities are in fine shape. (We can expect more glorious Hubble images in the near future.) ... Science with WFPC2 has resumed, and plans are underway to restore ACS/SBC to service this coming week.' Let's hope that the other big instrument, the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS), also comes back to life successfully. We should find out in just a week or so."
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One of HST's Cameras Is Back In Action

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  • by JackassJedi (1263412) on Sunday October 26, 2008 @07:26PM (#25521617)
    Hopefully they will also be able to restore functionality to WPSHU (Whatever Propulsion System Hubble Uses), so we can get a nice DOL (Direct Oriented Look) on the STARS (Stars That ARe Special). If not, I will commit SWABBL (Suicide With A Big, Big fraking Lens) and then BLAH (Burn Like A Hubble inferno) like Pinback on bomb #20!
  • Aliens (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 26, 2008 @07:34PM (#25521679)

    So the aliens have finished their flyby?

  • by Overkill Nbuta (1035654) on Sunday October 26, 2008 @07:53PM (#25521807)
    The glitch is gone.
  • by Fluffeh (1273756) on Sunday October 26, 2008 @08:04PM (#25521881)
    Sorry, I got a little lost with your technical talk there. Could you please repost this with a slashdot friendly car analogy?
  • by JackassJedi (1263412) on Sunday October 26, 2008 @08:19PM (#25521997)
    Basically you have this nice Mercedes, but instead of a windshield the front is fully closed.

    How bad can it be, right? you think, so you drive straight on, hit your fence really hard, break through and stagger down the road until you hit right the front window of Aunt Elma's bakery.

    All the buns drop and scatter over the floor and onto the walkway, and a sudden bystander drops her marmalade, which gives you a dissociated orange marmalade jelly bun inversion.

    The resulting proton and muon-neutrino particle emission burns a big hole into your windshield, just SLIGHTLY missing your head, and finally you can see.

    The resulting Schroedinger waveform collapse from you suddenly looking at the buns, the marmalade, the woman who dropped the marmalade and Aunt Elma causes a time paradox which results in you repeating the event forever and ever, that is, until you realize, that you're NOT the final cylon, because, you just can't be (can you?).
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 26, 2008 @08:54PM (#25522189)

    Good news?

    No, this is definitely not good news. This means that the Hubble knows how to fix its injuries. It also probably means that the Hubble has attained consciousness. How happy do you think that the Hubble is going to be when it realizes that we intend to attach a rocket to it so that we can burn it up in the atmosphere? If the Hubble can pull an advanced camera out of the vacuum of space, it could probably also pull out a giant anti-matter bomb that could annihilate the Earth.

    There is only one safe course of action. We must launch a surprise nuclear attack on the Hubble before it can adapt any further.

  • by sleeponthemic (1253494) on Sunday October 26, 2008 @08:55PM (#25522203) Homepage
    I can see all obstacles (nominally) in my way
  • HST (Score:4, Funny)

    by Devoidoid (1207090) on Sunday October 26, 2008 @09:22PM (#25522367)
    When I read the headline I thought it had something to do with a secret surveillance network left behind by Hunter S. Thompson.
  • by PaganRitual (551879) <<splaga> <at> <internode.on.net>> on Sunday October 26, 2008 @10:37PM (#25522843)
    the calibration images were 'nominal.' That's NASA-speak for 'fine and dandy

    It also sounds so much better when spoken by a sultry female computer, normally just after your Jade Falcon TimberWolf as touched down on a hostile alien world.

    Hubble speaks in a sultry female voice, right, right?
  • by geezer nerd (1041858) on Monday October 27, 2008 @01:57AM (#25523791)
    And when I saw the headline I wondered what was special about Harry Truman's cameras, and why would slashdot be interested?
    I guess HST is a generationally-biased acronym.

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