The German state of Bavaria has reportedly shut down its observatory, a black hole telescope project designed to cooperate with Russia. The move comes amid tension between the two countries struggling for influence in Eastern Europe. But this doesn’t mean that cooperation is over; it just means Germany and Russia are going their separate ways when it comes to space exploration.

The “first picture of black hole” is a photo taken by the European Space Agency’s X-ray telescope called the Event Horizon Telescope. The image shows the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy, and it was taken from different locations around the world.

Germany stops space cooperation with Russia by removing black hole telescope

eROSITA has been turned off. It took up from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome in 2019 on the Russian-built Spectrum-Roentgen-Gamma satellite. The mission was partially supported by Roscosmos of Russia and the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

Despite the fact that the ISS collaboration has always been valued above politics, it has been jeopardized by Russia’s ever-increasing aggressiveness towards Ukraine. Russia has previously said that it would not work with Western nations on space exploration initiatives beyond the International Space Station.

Following the invasion of Ukraine, Germany halted all scientific collaboration with Russia, although development on space stations continues. After protesting the invasion of Ukraine, Germany severed all scientific ties with Russia and shut down a German-built satellite telescope that was studying the universe’s black holes.

Germany previously collaborated with Russia on the Bion M mission. This expedition sent 45 mice, a variety of lizards, fish, and snail species into space for a month.

The telescope was “put in safe mode during ground communication on Saturday, February 26,” according to a representative for Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics.

What exactly is eROSITA?

 The principal instrument of the Russian-German “Spectrum-Roentgen-Gamma” (SRG) mission, which was launched from Baikonur on July 13, 2019, is eROSITA. It was orbited around the L2 point in a halo orbit.

The nature of Dark Energy is one of today’s most fascinating problems in physics and astronomy. This enigmatic force is tearing the Cosmos apart. It might be vacuum energy (which corresponds to Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity) or a time-varying energy field. This issue might signal the start of a significant shift in physics. The telescope will help us learn more about black holes in general.

eROSITA’s Long-Term Future

CNES, Europe’s spaceport operator in Kourou (French Guiana), is looking towards replacing Russia’s Soyuz rocket with one of several European government missions utilizing Europe’s own Vega and Ariane 5 rockets. This involves the launch later this year of two navigation satellites from the European constellation Galileo (an equivalent to the US GPS).


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