Russia Launched a Space Telescope Called Spektr-RG

Russia Launched a Space Telescope Called Spektr-RG

On Saturday Russia launched a space telescope, which is called Spektr-RG, developed with Germany. The new mission is a space observatory intended to replace the Spektr-R, known as the “Russian Hubble”, which Roscosmos said it lost control of in January.

Spektr-RG is a Russian–German high-energy astrophysics space observatory which was launched on 13 July 2019. It follows on from the Spektr-R satellite telescope launched in 2011. Spektr-R was launched in 2011 to detect black holes, neutron stars and magnetic fields.

Its successor will take up similar duties but will also map X-rays across the entire sky in unprecedented detail that will help trace the large-scale structure of the Universe.

The idea for an X-ray observatory satellite orbiting above Earth’s atmosphere, which filters X-rays, was first proposed in the 1980s by Rashid Sunyaev of the Russian Space Research Institute.

In accordance with dailygalaxy.com “the hope is Spektr-RG can provide fresh insights on the accelerating behavior of cosmic expansion, as well as identifying a staggering number of new X-ray sources, including three million supermassive black holes that reside at the center of galaxies. As gas falls into these monsters, the matter is heated and shredded and “screams” in X-rays”.

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Since 2011, Russia has been the only country that succeeded to send teams to the ISS (International Space Station).  

So, the next launch to the ISS is going to happen in July 20 and will carry an Italian and US astronauts together with a Russian cosmonaut.

Source: Text; Wikipedia, dailygalaxy.com

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