New Delhi: NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) has captured some amazing images of lunar transit - when the moon passes between the spacecraft and the sun - on August 2, 2016, from 7:13 a.m. to 8:08 a.m. EDT (Tuesday morning).
As per NASA, SDO suffered a glitch while observing the eclipse as it failed to go back into science mode, leaving the spacecraft in inertial mode.
“The spacecraft did not go back into science mode at the end of the transit. SDO is currently in inertial mode. The team is receiving data from the spacecraft and is bringing SDO’s instruments back online” NASA said.
However, NASA says two of the spacecraft’s three science instruments - the Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager, or HMI, and the Extreme Ultraviolet Variability Experiment, or EVE - are online and sending science data to Earth.
— NASA (@NASA) August 5, 2016
The SDO team is currently working on getting its third science instrument – the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly, or AIA – back online.