Russian Proton-M Rocket Successfully Delivers Cutting-Edge Space Telescope into Orbit

The telescope, named Spektr-RG, was delivered into a parking orbit before a final burn Saturday that kicked the spacecraft

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FILE - The Soyuz rocket booster with Soyuz MS-2 space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station blasts off in Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. VOA

Russia’s space agency says a Russian Proton-M rocket has successfully delivered a cutting-edge space telescope into orbit after days of launch delays.

Roscosmos said the telescope, named Spektr-RG, was delivered into a parking orbit before a final burn Saturday that kicked the spacecraft out of Earth’s orbit and on to its final destination: the L2 Lagrange point.

Lagrange points are unique positions in the solar system where objects can maintain their position relative to the sun and the planets that orbit it.

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Russia’s space agency says a Russian Proton-M rocket has successfully delivered a cutting-edge space telescope into orbit after days of launch delays. Pixabay

Located 1.5 million kilometers (0.93 million miles) from Earth, L2 is particularly ideal for telescopes such as Spektr-RG. If all goes well, it will arrive at its designated position in three months.

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If Spektr-RG reaches L2 successfully, it will be the first Russian spacecraft to operate beyond Earth’s orbit since the Soviet era. (VOA)

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