Russia wants to restart Germany’s black hole-finding space telescope

Russia wants to restart a German black hole-seeking telescope that went into space aboard a Russian satellite in 2019. Germany ordered the telescope to be decommissioned in early March in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February.

The telescope, called eROSITE and mounted in Russian Spectrum-RG spacecraft scans the sky for sources of X-ray radiation (black holes and neutron stars) and works in conjunction with Russia’s ART-X instrument that searches for supermassive black holes.

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