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The Morning After: The Hubble telescope wakes up from 'hibernation'

Added 12-08-21 08:09:02am EST - “Today's tech headlines: The Hubble telescope is fully operational again, BMW will help recreate 'Rocket League' in real life, and Tesla's in-dash video games can be played even while driving..” - Engadget.com


Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Engadget.com: “The Morning After: The Hubble telescope wakes up from 'hibernation' | Engadget”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

NASA's Hubble telescope has been in a month-long nap since going into system failure in late October. However, early yesterday, the agency announced it is waking Hubble up. NASA says the telescope is now functioning as normal, with all four active instruments collecting data.

On October 23rd, NASA first noticed Hubble's instruments weren't receiving messages from the telescope's control unit. NASA ended up putting the telescope into a sort of safe mode while it tried to figure out what happened. That safe mode takes a long time to come out of because of the sensitivity of Hubble's hardware. Rapid power or temperature changes aren't good for its lifespan. The telescope is now 31 years old — Hubble may be nearing the end of its useful life in space. NASA will use the telescope till the end, though, planning to use it in tandem with the Webb telescope, which is expected to finally launch on December 22nd.

Discord has started testing a feature called Premium Memberships. The tool allows community owners to gate access to part or all of their server behind a monthly subscription fee.

Before today, individuals looking to offer membership fees or paid access had to turn to third-party services like Patreon to monetize access to their servers.

The Premium Memberships tool creates a streamlined interface for that same purpose. A new tab under the Community heading in the app’s setting’s menu allows server owners to do things like set price tiers and view related analytics. The feature similarly streamlines the process of signing up for paid channels for users. If you want to financially support a community, you now don’t need to leave Discord to do so.


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