An anonymous reader writes "Yesterday a Radioastron (Spektr-R) satellite was sucsessfully launched from Baykonur cosmodrome.
It became first launch of astronomical satellite in 25 years for Russia. It's mission is to search the Universe for black holes, quasars, pulsars and other mysterious objects. Using a highly elliptical orbit of around 340,000 km it will conduct interferometer observations (in conjunction with the global ground radio telescope network) with the extraordinary high angular resolution. Project's life expectance is 5 years, but it's creators are hoping for it to work at least twice as long."
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