(ORDO NEWS) — According to NASA, on August 24, the MRS mechanism was subjected to “increased friction” while adjusting equipment for scientific observation.
The US space agency convened a committee meeting on Sept. 6 to find the best way to deal with this problem, but for now, NASA has temporarily suspended the telescope.
The MRS is part of the mid-infrared instrument (MIRI), which uses a camera and a spectrograph to see light in the mid-infrared spectrum.
MIRI has different observation modes (depending on the operating range – short, medium and long waves). The problem turned out to be in the gear that switches these modes.
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