Russia loses control of its only space telescope

Mail Online | 1/10/2019 | Victoria Bell For Mailonline
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Russia's Spektr-R satellite telescope has stopped responding to commands from Earth after spending seven years in space, according to officials.

The country's only orbiting telescope fell silent as the satellite's communication systems stopped working but the craft is continuing to transmit data.

Roscosmos - Russia - Space - Agency - Specialists

Roscosmos, Russia's space agency, says its specialists have made many failed attempts to fix the lost connection, which has been out since last Friday.

The failure could be caused by 'cosmic radiation accumulated in the spacecraft's electronics', according to Russian news agency TASS.

'Specialists - Main - Operational - Group - Spacecraft

'Specialists of the Main Operational Group of Spacecraft Control are carrying out work to remove the existing problems,' Roscosmos wrote in a statement.

'Beginning with January 10, 2019, problems emerged in the operation of the service systems that currently make it impossible to tackle a targeted task.'

Satellite - Radio - Sources - Galaxy - Orbits

The satellite is used to study radio sources within and outside our galaxy and orbits Earth at a distance of around 265,000 and 360,000 kilometers.

It was launched in 2011 and has exceeded its initially expected useful life of about five years.

Spektr-R - NASA - Space - Telescope - Radio

Spektr-R, which orbits high above NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, worked alongside ground-based radio telescopes across the world to...
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