May 8, 2016

Failure of the Hitomi satellite

The recent failure of the Hitomi satellite to find X-rays from black holes and galaxy clusters represents a devastating fiasco in the history of space science.

Japan abandons $250 million black hole satellite

Apr 28, 2016

Japan abandons $250 million black hole satellite

Japan is abandoning a quarter-of-a-billion-dollar satellite it sent to study black holes, disappointed space scientists said Thursday, after spending a month trying to save it. The ultra-high-tech Hitomi — or eye — was launched in February to find X-rays emanating from black holes and ...

Video shows Hitomi satellite spinning wildly in orbit

Mar 29, 2016

Video shows Hitomi satellite spinning wildly in orbit

Japan’s brand new Hitomi X-ray astronomy satellite has apparently lost control and is spinning wildly in orbit, according to a video taken by an amateur U.S. astronomer that was posted to the National Geographic website Monday. The video shows an object that looks like ...

JAXA names new orbiting X-ray astronomy satellite 'the Eye'

Feb 18, 2016

JAXA names new orbiting X-ray astronomy satellite 'the Eye'

Japan’s space agency has named an X-ray astronomy satellite that was successfully launched into space Wednesday the Hitomi (Eye), with scientists hoping the new equipment will help their quest to observe distant black holes and galaxies. The satellite, also called the Astro-H, was put ...

Feb 15, 2016

Launch of Japanese X-ray satellite rescheduled for Wednesday

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. said they will reattempt the launch of an H-IIA rocket carrying the X-ray astronomy satellite ASTRO-H on Wednesday afternoon. A planned launch last Friday was scrubbed when bad weather was forecast. The H-IIA Launch ...