07.02.2017 - eROSITA X-ray telescope is finally complete

After nearly ten years of development and integration the eROSITA X-ray telescope is finally complete: 7 mirror modules with 54 mirror shells each and 7 specially built X-ray cameras mounted in INVENT’S high-precision telescope structure.
On January the 20th eROSITA was shipped to Lavochkin Association, Moscow. There it will be further tested and integrated with the spacecraft Spektr-RG (SXG), which also carries the Russian telescope "ART-XC". The astrophysics observatory will be launched with a Proton rocket from the Russian launch site Baikonur in spring 2018. Leaving Earth behind, eROSITA will travel to the second Lagrange point (L2) of the Sun-Earth system, at a distance of about 1.5 million kilometers to scan the entire sky with unprecedented sensitivity. It will detect more than 100,000 of most massive bound objects in the Universe, millions of active black holes at the centers of galaxies, as well as rare objects in the Milky Way, such as isolated neutron stars. The mission will thus provide new clues about the mysterious "Dark Energy", the force behind the accelerated expansion of the Universe.


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