Russia launches space telescope to L2 point

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Russia launches space telescope to L2 point

Postby TheVat on July 13th, 2019, 10:11 pm 

https://apnews.com/3609702f60864fe39906ee401791b49f

If all goes well, the telescope will arrive at its designated position in three months, becoming the first Russian spacecraft to operate beyond Earth’s orbit since the Soviet era. The telescope aims to conduct a complete x-ray survey of the sky by 2025, the first space telescope to do so.

The Russian accomplishment comes as the U.S. space agency NASA celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969.

Russian space science missions have suffered greatly since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union. Budget cuts have forced the Russian space program to shift toward more commercial efforts.

A Russian Mars probe, called Mars 96, failed to leave Earth’s orbit in 1996. A later attempt to send a probe to Mars, called Fobos-Grunt, suffered a similar fate in 2011.


I am going to be happy all evening knowing someone named a Mars probe "Fobos Grunt." Maybe would have made it out of orbit if it had grunted a little louder.
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