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Loss of ASTRO-E X-ray Satellite Hurts Japan's Space Science …

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Science  18 Feb 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5456, pp. 1178-1179
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5456.1178a

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TOKYO-- Astronomers and astrophysicists are mourning the loss last week of a Japanese-American x-ray satellite that promised to give them their closest look yet at the region surrounding black holes and other objects that emit high-energy x-rays. A rocket failed to lift the $105 million ASTRO-E spacecraft into a sustainable orbit. The loss pinches particularly hard into Japan's space science efforts, which rely heavily on a small number of carefully targeted satellites.