A German satellite telescope, which served to work in collaboration with Russia, could be turned on unilaterally by the Roscosmos agency. This measure would affect the device, according to an official quoted by DW.
The eROSITA X-ray telescope, built by Germany and working in conjunction with the Russian ART-XC instrument, was suspended by the Max Planck Institute in protest against the war in Ukraine, which began on February 24.
Since its launch in 2019, it has been used to scan distant galaxies and detect black holes, as part of the Russian-German mission.
Nevertheless, Roscosmos threatens to unilaterally activate it.
Roscosmos launches its warning against Germany by satellite telescope
Dmitry Rogozin, head of Roscosmos, issued the warning in a television interview, quoted by the German channel DW.
“I have given instructions to begin the work of restoring the functioning of the German telescope in the Spektr-RG system to work with the Russian telescope,” Rogozin said.
“Despite Germany’s request to shut down one of Spektr-RG’s two telescopes, Russian specialists insist on continuing their work. Roscosmos will make relevant decisions in the near future.”
“The people who made the decision to close the telescope do not have the moral right to stop this research for humanity. simply because his pro-fascist views are close to our enemies”added Rogozin, a supporter of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Russian astrophysicist Rashid Sunyaev acknowledged that “recommissioning could only take place with Germany’s consent; otherwise, the telescope would risk being ruined,” according to the DW.
Space issues in the context of the Russian invasion of Ukraine
Western countries sanctioned Vladimir Putin’s country after the invasion that began on February 24. Russia started the war against Ukraine with the argument of defending the independence of the eastern regions of Luhansk and Donetsk, and of “denazifying” the government of Volodymyr Zelensky.
Although the sanctions have multiplied, the United States being one of its main promoters, NASA and Roscosmos maintain cooperation on the International Space Station. Currently, three cosmonauts are in the space laboratory.
In other scientific instances, the United States and Russia have severed ties (the Roscosmos agency has stopped selling rocket engines to American companies like SpaceXfor example), as well as ESA, the space agency of the European Union.
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