Japan abandons its black hole X-ray telescope

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Japan abandons its black hole X-ray telescope

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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.
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