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Spektr-RG space telescope carried in Russian rocket orbit

A new space telescope born of a collaboration between the Russian and German space agency called Spektr-RG was launched without problems by a Russian rocket Proton-M.

The telescope was brought into a “parking” orbit before the final push that will take it to the Lagrange L2 point. It is a specific position in which an object can maintain its orbital position similar to both the Sun and the Earth. This point is 1.5 million miles away from the Earth and is very suitable for space telescopes.

The journey should last three months and, if all goes well, it will be the first Russian spacecraft to surpass Earth’s orbit since the Soviet era.

The Spektr-RG telescope will allow a more efficient investigation thanks to the fact that it works on X-rays.

This is a project that dated back to the early 1980s but was then paused to be brought back to life in 2005 when the telescope was redesigned and the whole project became cheaper and simpler.

Henry Wright

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