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Russian-German space observatory to be launched in 2016-2017

May 14, 2015, 9:59 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The Spektr-RG astrophysics observatory, equipped with five telescopes, is intended to study interplanetary magnetic fields, galaxies, black holes
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MOSCOW, May 14. /TASS/. Russian-German space observatory Spektr-RG will be launched at the end of 2016 or beginning of 2017, Russian aerospace company NPO Lavochkin said in a statement on Thursday.

"The mission is expected to be launched at the end of 2016 or beginning of 2017," the statement, released after a session of designers and manufacturers who participate in the joint Russian-German space project, said.

The Spektr-RG astrophysics observatory, equipped with five telescopes spanning the energy range from the far ultraviolet to the hard X-ray, is intended to study interplanetary magnetic fields, galaxies, black holes.

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