Space tele­scope ‘not re­spond­ing’

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Rus­sia’s only or­bit­ing ra­dio tele­scope is out of con­trol.

The Spektr-R satel­lite is con­tin­u­ing to trans­mit sig­nals, but sci­en­tists have been un­able to con­trol the satel­lite since Fri­day.

Alexan­der Bloshenko, an ad­viser to the Roscos­mos space agency, was quoted by the state news agency Tass as say­ing that yes­ter­day’s at­tempt to re­store con­tact had failed. An­other at­tempt is ex­pected to­day.

Yuri Ko­valev, the head of re­search for the Spektr-R project, said the link went down on Fri­day morn­ing but added: “There is still hope.”

The satel­lite was launched in 2011. It is used to study ra­dio sources within and out­side Earth’s galaxy.

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