The Hubble Space Telescope resumed normal operations over the weekend, after a terrifying few weeks when it looked like the stalwart spacecraft was on its last legs.

According to space agency, the gyro that failed had been “exhibiting end-of-life behavior”, which is no surprise given that Hubble was originally a 15-year mission and has now been scanning the Universe for o A backup enhanced gyro should have seamlessly taken over when the original failed, but it initially refused to perform “at a level required for operations” after being switched off for 7.5 years.

To get it going again, Hubble technicians basically instructed the scope to jiggle around so as to shake any blockages out of the gyro and then switched it off and on again and into different modes a few times.ver 28 years.