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Launch nears for X-ray research spacecraft

Image: JAXA

US, Japan and EU space agencies’ mission will study hottest and largest objects in universe

Researchers from Europe, Japan and the US are hopeful that a spacecraft designed to help them examine X-rays from distant parts of the universe will leave Earth this weekend.

The X-Ray Imaging and Spectroscopy Mission (Xrism), is scheduled to launch 26 August from Japan on an H-IIA rocket. Designed to study cosmic X-rays, the project is a collaboration between Japan’s Jaxa and US space agency Nasa, with involvement from the European Space Agency—which contributed advice and hardware.

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