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Russian-German space observatory to be launched in 2016-2017

MOSCOW, May 14 — Russian-German space observatory Spektr-RG will be launched at the end of 2016 or beginning of 2017, Russian aerospace company NPO Lavochkin said in a statement on Thursday.

"The mission is expected to be launched at the end of 2016 or beginning of 2017," the statement, released after a session of designers and manufacturers who participate in the joint Russian-German space project, said.

The Spektr-RG astrophysics observatory, equipped with five telescopes spanning the energy range from the far ultraviolet to the hard X-ray, is intended to study interplanetary magnetic fields, galaxies, black holes. (PNA/TASS)

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