HST Pointing Control System Diagram
HST Pointing Control System Diagram
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News release ID: STScI-2005-24
Release Date: Aug 31, 2005
Image Use: Copyright
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Hubble uses some very basic physics to turn itself around and look at different parts of the sky. Located on the telescope are six gyroscopes (which, like a compass, always point in the same direction) and four free-spinning steering devices called reaction wheels.

The gyroscopes sense when the telescope needs to be repointed. When they "tell" Hubble that it needs to turn itself, a computer gives a command to give the reaction wheels a "push" or "spin."


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Illustration Credits: NASA, ESA, A. Feild and K. Cordes (STScI), and Lockheed Martin