Russia to Launch Millimetron Space Observatory in 2025

11.02.2015 Russia
Russia to Launch Millimetron Space Observatory in 2025

Russia to Launch Millimetron Space Observatory in 2025

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Russia’s Millimetron space observatory, aimed at solving “fundamental astrophysical problems”, will be launched into orbit in 2025, Russia's Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) said.

“It is expected that Millimetron will be launched into orbit in 2025, to the L2 Lagrange point of the Sun-Earth system at a distance of 1.5 million kilometers from our planet,” Roscosmos said in a statement.

The observatory will include an ultra-sensitive space telescope with a diameter of 10 meters (32.8 feet) and help study black holes, the formation of stars, planets and galaxies.

Roscosmos is the government agency responsible for the Russian space science program and general aerospace research.

The headquarters of Roscosmos are located in Moscow, while the Main Mission Control space flight operations center is located in the nearby city of Korolev. The Cosmonauts Training Centre (GCTC) is in Star City.

The Launch facilities used are Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan (with most launches taking place there, both manned and unmanned) and Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia which is used primarily for unmanned, military flights.

Roscosmos’ current General Director, since 10 October 2013, is Oleg Ostapenko. As of 2015, it is in merging process with United Rocket and Space Corporation.

 
 

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