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23 July, Tuesday


German-Russian astronomy satellite launches

Spektrum-Röntgen-Gamma, a long-delayed and much-modified X-ray astronomy package, launched successfully from the Kazakh Steppe on Saturday.

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The Spektrum-Röntgen-Gamma (Spektr-RG) satellite took to the skies on Saturday, July 13th, at 17:31 local time (12:31 UT). The Proton rocket carrying the spacecraft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on the Kazakh Steppe in Russia, writes Sky and Telescope.

The launch will set Spektr-RG on its way for the next three months, until it reaches a stable solar orbit 1.5 million kilometers (1 million miles) from Earth, on the opposite side from the Sun. From there, two telescopes — one German and one Russian — will carry out investigations of the X-ray universe.

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