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Japan abandons its black hole X-ray telescope

Posted: Fri May 06, 2016 9:28 am
by brian livesey
The space telescope Hitomi is thought to have had two of its solar arrays broken off and any hope of making contact has been abandoned.
The instrument, launched over a month ago, was intended to study X-rays emitted from black holes and other objects in space; Earth's atmosphere blocks the X-rays.
Japan's space exploration budget is small compared to the US and Russia. The failed space project cost £198m.