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Russia launches a powerful X-ray telescope

Almaty: The Russian Space Agency on Saturday launched a powerful telescope in space as part of a scientific mission to map the sky using X-rays.

The Spektr-RG space observatory was launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan aboard a Proton-M launcher.

The project is being carried out as part of an agreement signed between Roscosmos and the German Aerospace Center on August 18, 2009.

According to the Spektr-RG space agency is an astrophysical space observatory intended to study the universe in the X-ray band of the electromagnetic spectrum. The scientific objective of the observatory is to map all the massive structures of the observable universe in X-rays.

In accordance with the observatory schedule, Spektr-RG will travel to Lagrange Point 2, located 1.5 million kilometers from the Earth, before starting a 4 year all-season survey.

The observatory should detect about 100,000 clusters of galaxies and three million supermassive black holes.

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