It's been rough going for NASA lately, but there's at least one bright spot in space. The Chandra X-ray Observatory is healthy and set to resume science operations after a on Oct. 10.
NASA announced on Monday it traced the cause to a gyroscope glitch that generated "a three-second period of bad data that in turn led the onboard computer to calculate an incorrect value for the spacecraft momentum." That issue triggered the space telescope's protective mode.
The Chandra team switched gyroscopes and placed the balky gyroscope into reserve. NASA expects the telescope will resume its normal work next week after a software reconfiguration is completed.
Chandra makes X-ray observations of distant space objects, including black holes, supernovas and quasars.
Gyroscope issues seems to be a theme right now. The gyros are used to help accurately point the telescopes at their targets. NASA'searlier in October. A backup gyro was glitchy as well.
NASA is also dealing with ato the ISS, a data transmission and a long , which was disabled by a dust storm in June.
At least Chandra looks like it will be able to quickly pick up where it left off.