Spooky Space News

October 23, 2008

I am getting emails that are telling me that HST, Chandra and XMM were all down at the same time ..

Mike Watson tells me contact was lost with XMM on Saturday… but it has been regained today.

Martin Elvis said :

“I was working Saturday night for a Monday talk & Pat Slane was doing the same, when he got paged (as Top Mission Planner) that Chandra had gone into Sun Normal Mode (ie perpendicular to sun)….

Hubble we all knew about, but I saw Rodger Doxsey at STScI (which is where I was going Monday), and he told me about the 24h of good side B ops, followed by a glitch that they are still debugging. Incremental start-up of side B systems going well; options of cross-patching sides A,B exist; >15yr old spare undergoing check-out at GSFC for SM-4 (=major reason for delaying launch).”

Martin later said, noting the closeness to Halloween :

“Cue Twilight Zone music.”

To which Mike’s response was :

“probably due to LHC switch-on, which also precipitated major global financial instability as we all know”

Hey, is Fermi ok ????