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Solar Storm Knocks Out Japanese Satellite

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Science  04 Aug 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5480, pp. 709
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5480.709a

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TOKYO-- Japan's x-ray astronomy program was dealt a new blow last month when a solar geomagnetic storm left an orbiting x-ray telescope spinning out of control. Scientists are dubious about their chances of saving the 7-year-old Advanced Satellite for Cosmology and Astrophysics, whose replacement--the ASTRO-E x-ray satellite--was lost shortly after launch in February.