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Japan’s Astro-H X-Ray Observatory Goes Dark (Update – Breaks Up)

Japan’s Astro-H X-Ray Observatory Goes Dark (Update – Breaks Up)

Update: The U.S. Strategic Command’s Joint Space Operations Center has indicated that Astro-H has broken up. Update: Analysis shows ASTRO H breakup occurred 26Mar @ 0142z+/- 11mins. JSpOC confirmed breakup @ 0820z. @JAXA_en @SpaceTrackOrg — JSpOC (@JointSpaceOps) March 28, 2016 Original story: The Japanese Space Agency, JAXA has lost communications with the Astro-H X-ray astronomy […]

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Japan Launches ASTRO-H X-Ray Observatory “Hitomi”

Japan Launches ASTRO-H X-Ray Observatory “Hitomi”

Overnight Japan lofted the ASTRO-H X-Ray Observatory into Low Earth Orbit. As is the custom, the spacecraft was given an additional name, “Hitomi” to go along with the formal designation. ┬áHitomi literally means the pupil of the eye, or aperture, in Japanese, but also connotes a broader meaning of the wisdom or insight which can […]

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