Published on November 28th, 201321
Japan: New Space Telescope launched to observe Planets in our Galaxy
A new Japanese space telescope, the first of its kind, is prepared to monitor the planets in the Solar System, two months and a half after launch, announced Tuesday the Japanese Space Exploration Agency (JAXA), informs AFP.
“We were able to check Sprint-A‘s telescope functions (also called Hisaki) and intend to begin the task of scientific measurements“, says the press release issued by JAXA.
Sprint-A is the first space telescope dedicated to observing the environment of planets in the solar system (Venus, Mars and Jupiter.
The telescope is located in earths orbit and fluctuating between 950 km and 1150 km.
JAXA confirmed the system is operating normal in order to capture extreme ultraviolet radiation, which can not be observed from Earth.
Hisaki telescope was placed in orbit to function on September 15, a day after the launch of the new Japanese Rocket called Epsilon.
Epsilon, powered by solid propellants, is the latest power source developed by Japan after the H-2A rocket, twice as big and twice as expensive, inaugurated in 2001. Japan launched a less impressive version, H -2B, which conducted the first mission in 2009.