An­other NASA space tele­scope shuts down

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Cape Canaveral, Fla. – An­other NASA space tele­scope has shut down and halted science ob­ser­va­tions.

Less than a week af­ter the Hub­ble Space Tele­scope went off­line, the Chan­dra X-ray Ob­ser­va­tory did the same thing. NASA said Fri­day that Chan­dra’s au­to­mat­i­cally went into so-called safe mode Wed­nes­day, pos­si­bly be­cause of a gy­ro­scope prob­lem.

Hub­ble went into hi­ber­na­tion last Fri­day due to a gy­ro­scope fail­ure.

Both or­bit­ing ob­ser­va­to­ries are old and in well-ex­tended mis­sions: Hub­ble is 28, while Chan­dra is 19. Flight con­trollers are work­ing to re­sume op­er­a­tions with both.

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Turk­ish court con­victs, frees pas­tor

IZMIR, Turkey – A Turk­ish court on Fri­day con­victed an Amer­i­can pas­tor of ter­ror links but re­leased him from house ar­rest and al­lowed him to leave the coun­try, a move that’s likely to ease ten­sions be­tween Turkey and the United States.

The court near the western city of Izmir sen­tenced North Carolina na­tive Andrew Brun­son to three years, one month and 15 days in prison for al­legedly help­ing ter­ror groups. But since the 50-year-old evan­gel­i­cal pas­tor had al­ready spent nearly two years in de­ten­tion, Turk­ish law al­lowed him to re­main free with time served.

An ear­lier charge of es­pi­onage against him was dropped.

Brun­son, a na­tive of North Carolina whose de­ten­tion had sparked a diplo­matic dis­pute be­tween the two NATO al­lies, had re­jected the es­pi­onage and ter­ror-re­lated charges and strongly main­tained his in­no­cence. The 50-year-old had faced up to 35 years in jail if con­victed of all the charges. With tears in his eyes, he hugged his wife Norine Lyn as he awaited the de­ci­sion Fri­day.

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AP

The Chan­dra X-ray Ob­ser­va­tory au­to­mat­i­cally went into so-called safe mode on Wed­nes­day, pos­si­bly be­cause of a gy­ro­scope prob­lem.

Brun­son

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