Russia says it is planning to hijack a German space telescope


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Russia says it is planning to hijack a German space telescope
Even Russian scientists are saying this is a terrible plan and disagree with Russian space agency Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin's actions.
Published: JUNE 9, 2022

The Russian Space Agency has claimed it will confiscate a German telescope placed on a Russian-built spacecraft, after being banned from involvement in a cooperative X-ray telescope project with Germany in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The Spektrum-Röntgen-Gamma (SRG) space observatory launched in 2019 is an X-ray telescope designed to observe far-off galaxies and supermassive black holes.

Russian space agency Roscosmos partnered with the German space agency, DLR, on the project. Roscosmos was tasked with building and launching the spacecraft, while DLR and Germany's Max Planck Institute designed the eROSITA primary observational telescope. The eROSITA telescope’s German developer, the Max Planck Institute, activated the instrument’s sleep mode in February in response to Russia’s aggressive invasion of Ukraine.

Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was unhappy with this move and has given orders to restore operations of the telescope without Germany's permission, according to Deutsche Welle.