Hubble's gyros help tell the telescope that it's aimed at the right spot in space.

One of the gyroscopes that keep the telescope … Beyond the Brim, Sombrero Galaxy’s Halo Suggests Turbulent Past. NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, famous for its brilliant pictures of the cosmos, is having some trouble in orbit around Earth. The Hubble Space Telescope captures images of cosmic wonders and investigates their secrets.

It was not the first space telescope but it is one of the largest and most versatile, well known both as a vital research tool and as a public relations boon for astronomy. The Hubble Space Telescope is in serious problem after a mechanical failure with one of its most important components, Nasa has announced. NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, which launched to Earth orbit in April 1990, is in safe mode after experiencing a gyroscope failure. But after the failure last week, the Hubble is now left with only two fully-operational gyros. The Hubble Story. The Hubble Space Telescope (often referred to as HST or Hubble) is a space telescope that was launched into low Earth orbit in 1990 and remains in operation.

Friday's event marked the third failure of six total gyros that astronauts installed in 2009.

“NASA is working to resume science operations,” NASA said in an official statement . Hubble Gallery of Caldwell Objects. (Image credit: NASA) But that doesn't mean it's time to panic. Hubble History Timeline. Since its launch in 1990, Hubble has changed our fundamental understanding of the universe.