Japan May Have Lost Its Black Hole Telescope
Japan isn't able to communicate with its Hitomi satellite, marking the third time the country has run into problems with an X-ray telescope.By Steven Sparkman | March 28, 2016
Japan's space program is having a string of bad luck with its X-ray telescopes. The agency lost contact with its Hitomi satellite just a month after it was launched.
Hitomi was designed to give astronomers new data on black holes and other big cosmic events. But over the weekend, scientists announced the satellite wasn't responding and they aren't sure what went wrong.
Satellite tracking organizations have spotted debris around Hitomi, meaning pieces may have broken off. But it does still seem to be able to communicate; the agency announced it's received at least one short signal.